Pilot Project: Farm Families and the Employment, Training, and Supervision of Children

(PNASH Pilot, 1998-1999) This project furthered agricultural health and safety research on children by looking at parents’ attitudes towards farm safety and children’s labor. It considered how these attitudes and characteristics of farm operation affect the use of children’s labor as well as the quality of safety-related training and supervision received by children. Data were collected through interviews with twenty-five farm families in two counties in eastern Washington. Open-ended questions were used to assess the types of farm work done by children, the conditions under which children perform various tasks, and the extent and nature of parental training and supervision of children.