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Assessing pesticide safety knowledge among Hispanic migrant farmworkers in Oregon.

Authors
McCauley-LA; Shapiro-SE; Scherer-JA; Lasarev-MR
Source
J Agric Saf Health 2004 Aug; 10(3):177-186
NIOSHTIC No.
20029304
Abstract
The purpose of this article is to report on the development and initial use of a pesticide knowledge test (PKT) specifically designed to evaluate agricultural workers' knowledge of the content mandated by the federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The PKT is a 20-item, true-false test, used in a sample of 414 adult and adolescent migrant farmworkers in Oregon. The overall mean score, i.e., number correct, was 15.67(78.4%), with both adults and adolescents demonstrating the most difficulty with questions related to the overall health effects of pesticides. The internal consistency was 0.73, when estimated using a method to correct for small sample sizes. Only six items had less than 70% correct answers. Content validity was achieved by basing the items directly on the Worker Protection Standard; face validity was obtained by having the final version of the test reviewed by a bilingual (English-Spanish) educator familiar with the requirements of the WPS. Overall, adult participants scored better than adolescents, and those with previous pesticide training scored better than those without. There were no differences in scores based on gender or whether the test was taken in English or Spanish; however, participants who spoke indigenous languages scored significantly lower than those who did not. These results indicate that the PKT is a valid, reliable measure of worker knowledge of the content of the WPS, although it does not measure the extent to which that knowledge is actually used in the work setting.
Keywords
Agricultural-workers; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Farmers; Worker-health; Environmental-exposure; Age-factors; Age-groups; Author Keywords: Agricultural workers; Pesticide knowledge; Pesticide safety
Contact
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
20040801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lmccaule@nursing.upenn.edu
Funding Amount
453000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004230
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1074-7583
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
OR; PA
Performing Organization
Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon 97201-3098
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