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Assessment of personal protective equipment use among Midwestern farmers.

Authors
Carpenter-WS; Lee-BC; Gunderson-PD; Stueland-DT
Source
Am J Ind Med 2002 Sep; 42(3):236-247
NIOSHTIC No.
20026885
Abstract
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is readily available and widely recommended, yet usage among agricultural workers is largely unknown. A mail survey of 2,483 farmers in six Midwestern states with telephone follow-up addressed PPE usage related to sun exposure, noise abatement, chain saw usage, welding and metal work, handling of large animals in and out of confinement facilities, feed handling, manure storage facilities, and mixing and applying chemicals. Summary statistics of survey responses were compiled. With the exception of welding masks, PPE usage was low. Farmers were satisfied with availability of PPE through local hardware and farm cooperatives, but the decision to use PPE was personal and influenced little by outside parties. PPE usage rates by farmers on Midwestern farms need to be increased. The desire of the individual farmer to reduce risk of personal injury or exposure should be targeted. The most effective venue will be local agricultural extension services.
Keywords
Personal-protective-equipment; Demographic-characteristics; Farmers; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Occupational-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-analysis; Occupational-exposure
Contact
W. Scott Carpenter, Emergency Medicine Department, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20020901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
carpentw@mfldclin.edu
Funding Amount
1155892
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-CCU-514436
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WI
Performing Organization
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation
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