Chumbley, S. B., Hainline, M. S., & Wells, T. (2019). Examining University-level Agricultural Students' Safety Climate Attitudes in the Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory. Journal of Agricultural Education, 60(2), 54-68. doi: 10.5032/jae.2019.02054
Educational laboratory management is a paramount issue in agricultural education settings. Agricultural mechanics laboratories are found in many agricultural education programs. One of the most important issues an instructor in agricultural education settings faces is safety in the agricultural mechanics laboratory. Identifying and cultivating a culture of safety in students early on is key to reducing injuries and accidents. The purpose of this study was to gauge safety climate attitudes within a university-level agricultural mechanics laboratory. The population for this study was university-level agricultural students who were enrolled in two agricultural mechanics courses. Through the lens of Ajzen’s (1991) theory of planned behavior, the students’ safety climate attitudes were assessed by the Safety Climate Attitudes Questionnaire. The highest mean scores were found in the constructs of Personal Motivation for Safe Behavior and Positive Safe Practices. The lowest mean scores were found within the constructs of Risk Justification and Fatalism. We recommend that further study of this topic be conducted in additional agricultural education settings to understand students’ attitudes toward safety in laboratory environments.