Opportunities presented through the use of social media and social media Influencers in Strategic Farm Safety Communication Campaigns

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Title: Opportunities presented through the use of social media and social media Influencers in Strategic Farm Safety Communication Campaigns
Authors: Heaney, ColinBuggy, Conor J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/13067
Date: Jan-2022
Online since: 2022-08-17T11:55:20Z
Abstract: Introduction: This study assessed whether social media could be utilised to target and influence younger farmers to encourage behavioural change and lower incidences of accidents in the sector. Materials and Methods: Working students in the sector (n=309) were invited to an anonymous online survey composed of 32 attitudinal behavioural questions across four themes: attitude towards farm OSH; influence of social media and influencers on farm OSH; most popular media formats; and most preferred media apps to utilise in an Agri OSH campaign. Results: 107 students participated. 56% considered OSH important on their farms, with 16% having previously been personally affected by a farm accident. 78% were motivated by an agricultural social media influencer while 74% reflect on their own practice after seeing unsafe farm behaviour on social media. Snapchat (35%), Tik Tok (33%), Facebook (25%) and Instagram (16%) were found to be the most popular apps used by participants. 67% stated agricultural social media influencer videos as being the most effective in communicating farm OSH risk. 54% of participants found OSH videos uploaded by other social media users as being most effective way to change behaviour as opposed to 61% and 47% respectively, who stated official written guidance and photos were least effective. 59% agreed that social media is an effective tool in communicating farm OSH messages to young farmers. Conclusion: Social media / influencers present an opportunity for collaboration with agricultural stakeholders who have an interest in OSH to encourage behavioural change within a wider strategic farm safety campaign.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Safety and Health at Work
Volume: 13
Start page: S257
End page: S257
Keywords: Farm occupational safety and healthSocial media influencersAttitudes towards farm OSH
DOI: 10.1016/j.shaw.2021.12.1553
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Abstracts of the 33rd International Congress on Occupational Health 2022 (ICOH 2022) 6–10 February 2022
ISSN: 2093-7911
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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