Farmers, Farm Workers and Work-Related Stress


January 2004 to December 2004

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Background, summary and aims

Research on farmers and stress to date has consisted of quantitative surveys that have focused on farm owners and managers' experiences at the expense of those of farm workers and family members. Whilst it has highlighted the range of stressors that farmers are exposed to, this research has not disaggregated these from other non-work related factors or explored risk factors that might be associated with diversification practices. In order that the HSE is able to identify stressors within the agricultural industry we are conducting qualitative interviews with key informants and farmers in 5 locations in England and Wales. These will capture key differences in terms of geographical location and type of farm, and include part time and seasonal farm workers and family members as well as owners and managers. A key objective will be to explore the potential value of interventions for reducing the risk of work related stress.