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Document ID (ISN)77807
CIS number 01-1782
ISBN(s) 0-7176-1830-7
Year 2000
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 283/2000
Author(s) Pilkington A., Cowie H.A., Kidd M., Lancaster R.J., Buchanan D.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Risk perception of sheep dippers
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2000. iv, 41p. 17 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
Abstract This study is a follow-up to an earlier study of farm workers involved in sheep dipping sessions, which suggested that certain tasks and behaviours were associated with high body intake of organophosphorus compounds (OPs) as measured by urinary metabolites. The study was designed to explore the factors which determine behaviour during sheep dipping, and involved 60 farmers who had participated in the earlier study. Data was collected using self-administered questionnaires on knowledge about OPs, safe working practices, perception of risk and attitudes towards risk taking. It was found that lack of knowledge on the safe handling of concentrate, routes of exposure and effective personal protective equipment were the most important factors contributing towards unsafe behaviour. The implications of these findings are discussed, in particular with respect to training needs.
Descriptors (primary) livestock rearing; safety consciousness; risk awareness; pesticides; organophosphorus compounds
Descriptors (secondary) inexperience; United Kingdom; report; limitation of exposure; information of personnel; personal protective equipment; unsafe practices; safe working methods; questionnaire survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors
Livestock rearing
Agricultural chemicals