Developing an Instrument to Assess Attitudes of Agricultural Employers and Employees Toward Farm Safety

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Bean, Thomas;
  • McCaslin, N. L.;
  • Reinhart, Deborah D.


Many research studies are concerned about measuring individuals' attitudes toward farm safety. However, valid and reliable measurement instruments are not readily available. Instruments for assessing attitudes toward farm safety were developed for both farm employers and farm employees. Four subscales were identified for use in the assessment: 1) General Farm Safety; 2) Personal Protective Equipment; 3) Shielding and Guarding of Tractors and Machinery; and 4) the Farm Shop. Items within each subscale were evaluated on content validity using a panel of experts. Readability was tested with three different statistical measurements and a sixth-grade class. Reliability was validated using test-retest and Cronbach's alpha. The final instruments were designed for administration in 10 to 15 min and the reliabilities for each subscale ranged from 0.61 to 0.83.

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