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History and lessons for agricultural safety and health.

Authors
Hard-DL
Source
J Agric Saf Health 1997 May; 3(2):77-79
NIOSHTIC No.
00238613
Abstract
Lessons provided in the history of the agricultural safety and healthy movement were reviewed. National awareness of the substantial number of occupational injuries in the agricultural industry grew in the late 1930s and 1940s. The Farm Safety movement, later termed the Agricultural Division, was established within the National Safety Council. In later decades, the National Institute for Farm Safety, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the United States Department of Agriculture, became involved in promoting agricultural safety and health throughout the nation. In the 1990s, NIOSH was provided with funding by Congress for agricultural safety and health efforts. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation also supplied funding for improved agricultural safety and health. National organizations were described as becoming insular with time. Thus, an external group, which would provide input to the larger organization concerning new directions for research, surveillance and intervention, was recommended. In addition, when funding became scarce, national organizations were described as tending to channel research funds in house, rather than to external research groups. A sensitive balance between in house and external funding, perhaps through the establishment of a critical mass of agricultural safety and health professionals, was called for. The author concludes that the 1990s has been a significant decade in the improvement of agricultural safety and health. By heeding the advice of experienced professionals, improvements will continue in the future.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Occupational-health; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-research; Health-engineering; Safety-engineering; Worker-health
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
19970501
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1074-7583
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
WV
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