Pre-professional perceptions of safety and quality concerns in agricultural work environments

dc.contributor.advisor Gretchen A. Mosher Ramaswamy, Sai Ramaswamy, Sai
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 2018-08-11T19:01:37.000 2020-06-30T02:51:15Z 2020-06-30T02:51:15Z Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2014 2001-01-01 2014-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Pre-professionals in the field of agriculture will play a vital role in the application and implementation of quality and safety policies in agricultural work environments. Yet, no comprehensive study has been completed to understand these pre-professionals' perceptions of quality and safety and how these two factors interact in the agricultural workplace. This study built on the work of Mosher et al. (2012), which measured the interactions between employees' perceptions of safety and quality in an agricultural work environment. To understand how pre-professionals perceive the link between quality and safety, undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University were surveyed. Data were collected using a survey instrument adapted from a previous instrument developed by Schwab and Freeman (2002). Analysis of 1017 responses showed that students perceived a high impact of quality practices on the decrease of safety hazards and incidents. Students' perceptions of safety and quality as applied to agricultural work environments varied by gender, with female students perceiving the interaction at a higher level than male students. No significant difference in perceptions was observed based on classification, age group, major, work experience and environment of childhood of the students. This study demonstrates that despite limited academic training in safety and quality, pre-professionals perceive implementation of quality as very important in reducing safety hazards and incidents. In addition, this study suggests that current academic training in safety and quality must be modified to adequately prepare pre-professionals for careers in the field of agriculture.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Education
dc.subject.disciplines Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
dc.subject.disciplines Organizational Behavior and Theory
dc.subject.keywords pre-professionals
dc.subject.keywords quality management systems
dc.subject.keywords quality perception
dc.subject.keywords safety hazards
dc.subject.keywords safety incidents
dc.subject.keywords safety perception
dc.title Pre-professional perceptions of safety and quality concerns in agricultural work environments
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