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Farm-Workers Perception of Personal Protective Equipment: Case Study in the Lower South Coast, South Africa

Version 1 : Received: 23 November 2020 / Approved: 24 November 2020 / Online: 24 November 2020 (09:50:40 CET)

How to cite: Nwafor, C.; Nwafor, I. Farm-Workers Perception of Personal Protective Equipment: Case Study in the Lower South Coast, South Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020110609 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0609.v1). Nwafor, C.; Nwafor, I. Farm-Workers Perception of Personal Protective Equipment: Case Study in the Lower South Coast, South Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020110609 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0609.v1).

Abstract

Safety and health issues are growing concerns in the agricultural sector among farm-workers in South Africa. The current health pandemic arising from the corona virus has thrown these issues into the spotlight, and this study explored the perceived usefulness and perceived ease of using personal protective materials among farm-workers in the banana sector. Using a case study of 10 large farms in the lower south coast of South Africa, we utilized descriptive and inferential analysis to identify the demographic composition of farm-workers in the study area, examine their perception of specific personal protective materials, and determine the relationship between demographic characteristics and perception of personal protective materials. Farm-workers in the study area were found to be predominantly single black males aged between 36-55years, with no more than a primary education, with work experience of between 6-10 years and employed as unskilled farm-labourers. Perceived usefulness (83%) and perceived ease of use (79%) for personal protective materials was high. Respondents gender (p=0.012), marital status (p=0.029), level of education (p=0.035) and farm-work experience (p=0.008) were significant, while their age (p=0.057), population group (p=0.160) and work classification (p=0.203) were not found significant in determining perceived usefulness or perceived ease of use. Our study makes valuable contribution to the existing body of knowledge regarding farm-worker safety issues by exploring perception of personal protective materials.

Subject Areas

agriculture; farm-worker; hazard; perception; protective-materials; risks; safety

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