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Safety 2017, 3(1), 4; doi:10.3390/safety3010004

Using Expert Panel Data to Guide Youth Agricultural Safety and Health Training Resources in the US

Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Received: 1 July 2016 / Revised: 2 December 2016 / Accepted: 13 December 2016 / Published: 1 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Safety and Health)
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Abstract

The US Department of Labor (US DOL) oversees the Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Orders (AgHOs), which identifies specific tasks that youth are prohibited from performing for hire on American farms and ranches. An educational exemption from this public policy is currently in place that allows youth, 14–15 years old, to complete a certification program prior to engaging in agricultural work involving tractors and machinery. However, limited guidance is provided in the legislation regarding the format or content of the tractor and machinery certification exemption. Four AgHOs (tractor and machinery) studies were identified and included in this meta-analysis publication. The research goals of this analysis were to determine basic trends of learning outcomes, and identify educational content to be delivered as a result of these studies. Within each of the four studies, expert panels were used to identify educational learning outcomes. The analysis revealed that 48.0% (n = 184) of all learning outcome items fell within the Tractor-based (Tractor) learning outcome category, 29.8% (n = 114) within General Safety and Health (General), and 22.2% (n = 85) of items in the Machinery-based (Machinery) category. Ultimately, sound educational methods and understanding of fundamental student competence are essential components for any training program, including youth who complete AgHOs tractor and machinery certification programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural safety; expert panel; Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Orders (AgHOs); youth; youth certification; tractor safety; safety education agricultural safety; expert panel; Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Orders (AgHOs); youth; youth certification; tractor safety; safety education
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Mann, A.J.; Jepsen, S.D. Using Expert Panel Data to Guide Youth Agricultural Safety and Health Training Resources in the US. Safety 2017, 3, 4.

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