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Introduction to the W. K. Kellogg Agricultural Safety and Health (ASH) Initiative.

Authors
Jenkins-S; Marlenga-B
Source
J Agromed 1998 Jan; 5(2):3-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20032011
Abstract
Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. It is a vital industry built upon the hopes and dreams of rural families and by callused hands of farmworkers from a range of cultural and economic backgrounds. It is a rewarding lifestyle for many who tend America's crops and livestock and an important source of employment for others. However, agriculture is not always a friendly pursuit, but a dangerous occupation fraught with deadly risks and hazards. The health and safety problems relating to agriculture are numerous and include traumatic injury and death, acute and chronic disease, respiratory infections, cancer, pesticide poisoning, dermatitis, degenerative' musculo­skeletal syndromes, hearing loss, and stress disorders. Unlike some other industries, agriculture may involve children under the age of 16 years and adults over the age of 65 years, introducing other potential risks and hazards. The health and safety problems relating to agriculture are com­pounded by the problems of access to and availability of rural health care.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Injuries; Disease-incidence; Disease-control; Hearing-loss; Infectious-diseases; Respiratory-infections; Cancer; Pesticides; Dermatitis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Children; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Contact
Susan Jenkins, Program Director for Food Systems and Rural Development, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Publication Date
19980101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1155892
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-CCU-514436
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1059-924X
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
WI; MI
Performing Organization
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation
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