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A participatory research approach in the development of safety and well-being in horticultural enterprises




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Mattila, T.E.A.
Tuure, V.-M.
Ovaska, U.
Vänninen, I.
Hokka, M.
Elstob, T.
Rautiainen, R.H.

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Estonian University of Life Sciences


The process of improving the health, safety, and well-being of workers in the horticulture and agriculture sectors requires new effective means. The aim of this study was to conduct a qualitative evaluation of a participatory co-creative consultation process in order to improve occupational health and safety in horticultural businesses. The study was conducted across twenty-four small-scale enterprises (totalling eighty-two entrepreneurs and workers) from five different horticultural subsectors in Finland. Each business engaged in the development process, starting from the identification of development needs through to individual interviews and process analysis, and continuing with co-creation and the implementation of solutions. The results indicated that participatory consultation, when combined with a process analysis, was perceived as being very productive, particularly in terms of identifying development needs, but also in inspiring the co-creation of solutions and applying them to specific tasks and the working environment. Whilst long-term effects could not be measured, participation in the development process improved subjective well-being and the competence of entrepreneurs in managing wellbeing in their work setting. The findings suggest that participatory consultation can facilitate improvements in working conditions, which in turn can help to reduce workplace injuries and improve health conditions. The findings also highlighted the need for having a multidisciplinary consultation team, the effective cooperation of all involved parties, and facilitating peer discussions when it comes to resolving identified challenges.


Received: March 9th, 2024 ; Accepted: May 22nd, 2024 ; Published: June 14th, 2024 ; Correspondence to:


agriculture, ergonomics, health and safety intervention, social sustainability, articles