This research briefing summarises the key findings from a study which investigated farmer perceptions of different types of risk and their likelihood of taking those risks through a literature review and a survey of 162 Scottish famers. This briefing focuses on the health & safety related results of the study.
The study found that the likelihood of farmers taking a risk reduced when the perceived level of riskiness increased, except in the case of health & safety risks. Farmer risk taking was often associated with a lack of alternatives that are practical and not cost-prohibitive in commercial farming conditions. The development of alternatives that better fit with commercial situations could improve health and safety in agriculture.
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2015: Changing farm practice: Farmer perceptions of risk and risk taking