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Development and application of a pen-based computer program for direct entry of agricultural hazard data.

Authors
Wilkins-JR III; Bean-TL; Mitchell-GL; Crawford-JM; Eicher-LC
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1997 Feb; 12(2):105-110
NIOSHTIC No.
00235427
Abstract
A pen based computer program being used in health and hazard studies conducted in cooperation with NIOSH on cash grain farms was described. Data obtained by trained two person hazard technician teams were recorded electronically using a pen based notebook computer. Software was developed to include project modules composed of forms which would appear on the screen and be filled in with an electronic stylus. Hazard domains including structures, mobile farm machinery, farm vehicles, landscape, ergonomics, and other, could be chosen from the main menu. Data options available in each of the hazard domains were described. Technicians reported few hardware problems when this system was used on 179 farm visits. An average of 2 hours was required for the two person hazard technician team to complete a farm walk around survey. The authors conclude that this pen based computer system is superior to paper based systems and may be readily adapted to other industries.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Workplace-studies; Computer-equipment; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Health-hazards; Sampling-methods
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19970201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
660315
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U04-CCU-506088
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
Performing Organization
The Ohio State University Research Foundation
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