Addressing the Barriers to Adoption


This research seeks to identify barriers to implementation, rank the importance of these barriers and provide a strategy for their reduction / elimination. The outcome is to ultimately result in a reduction of injuries and illness in primary industries. Injuries and illness on Australia farms is a significant burden to the economy and while there has been a reduction in the number of deaths, primary industries are still the most dangerous occupations in which to work. There are a range of known prevention strategies and when coupled with the Hierarchy of Control and a systematic approach to safety, can significantly reduce if not eliminate workplace related injuries and illness. Unfortunately, many of these strategies are not implemented. It is not clear why this is the case. To date little work has focused on quantifying and describing the barriers to adoption of workplace health and safety strategies in primary industries. This is an area where further work is required if a reduction in injuries and deaths are to occur. This project will be a partnership between James Cook University and Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety. This project will undertake a literature review, focus groups and a modified Delhi technique to rank the importance of the barriers and likelihood of success of strategies. Also at this time gaps in knowledge will be identified. The information will then be collated into a report and a directional document for addressing barriers to adoption of improved workplace health and safety practices.


Primary Industries Health and Safety

Research Organisation

James Cook University

Objective Summary

There is currently a wide range of solutions available to people working in primary industries to prevent injuries and maintain health in the workplace. Unfortunately many of these solutions are not applied and injuries and illness continue to occur. Overall this project aims to explore the barriers to adoption of improved work health and safety practices and develop a strategy for the reduction of these barriers which would lead to a reduction in workplace injuries and illness. This objectives of this project are targeted at primary industries (with focus on cotton, fisheries, grains, and sugar) and will: Identify the barriers to adoption of improved work practices in primary industries by: o Describing the extent of the problem o Consolidating current knowledge on addressing the barriers to adoption of improved practices Rank by importance the barriers to adoption Identify existing strategies to overcoming the barriers to adoption Propose a research, development and extension agenda to: o Further define and refine the barriers to adoption of improved work practices o Develop strategies to overcome these barriers o Provide implementation approaches to enhance successful adoption and overcome the identified barriers.

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Project Start Date

Friday, January 31, 2014

Project Completion Date

Friday, February 27, 2015

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Promoting and maintaining good health

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

PIHS-To improve the safety environment and work practices in farming and fishing industries


Related publications


Exploring the barriers and facilitators to adoption of improved work practices for safety in the primary industries