Reality Tales: Storytelling to Translate Agricultural Health and Safety Research

(NIOSH 2006-2011) ‘Reality tales,’ used Northwest workers’ injury experiences to teach critical prevention strategies. This project used the oral tradition of storytelling to translate health and safety research and education for agricultural producers and workers on two critical issues: ladder injuries and heat stress. The use of stories to communicate information, values, and lessons is an effective educational strategy. This strategy works because it persuades individuals based on personal experiences, influences them to change their behavior, facilitates remembering, enhances discussion, and engages individuals personally. Stories were shared through radio and trade articles.  Visit our Audio/Video library to listen to shared stories.