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National agricultural injury surveillance.

National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., Summer Meeting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 14-18, 1987 Jun; :1-7
Methods of national agricultural injury surveillance were discussed with emphasis on the need for a comprehensive data collecting system. Difficulties in monitoring the agricultural industry have included the fact that home and work environments are frequently combined, some farm work is done by children, and many workers are part time. Several morbidity and mortality data sources are available at NIOSH, but they are lacking in depth, accuracy and timely updating. Sources of information discussed included the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in the United States by Industry, Bureau of Statistics' Supplementary Data System, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, National Safety Council's Accident Facts, National Safety Council's 1982 Farm Accident Survey Report, state grants, NIOSH's National Traumatic Occupational Fatality Data Base, and Census of Agriculture. The author concludes that, since the current systems do not adequately cover all farm sectors for injuries at the national level, a better surveillance system for agricultural injuries is necessary to enable researchers to identify, prioritize, and target high risk elements; the system should be easy to initiate and conduct, timely, sensitive, take into account the unique properties of the agricultural population, and include all states.
Occupational-accidents; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Mortality-rates; Information-processing; Information-systems; Health-surveys; Injuries; Accident-statistics;
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National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., Summer Meeting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 14-18, 1987, 7 pages