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Use of protective equipment among California farmers.

Authors
Schenker-MB; Orenstein-MR; Samuels-SJ
Source
Am J Ind Med 2002 Nov; 42(5):455-464
NIOSHTIC No.
20032465
Abstract
Background: Agriculture is a hazardous industry associated with many occupational injuries and illnesses. We describe California farmers' self-reported exposure to five agricultural hazards and their use of protective equipment. Methods: A telephone survey of 1,947 California farmers recorded information on occupational exposure, health outcomes and use of protective equipment to lessen risk from exposure to dust, sun, noise, pesticides and tractors. Results: Over 93% of respondents reported using personal protection around pesticides; however, fewer than 1/3 used consistent protection against other hazards. Younger age and male sex were associated with better use of protection from dust, noise, pesticide and tractors, but negatively associated with sun protection. There was no consistent relationship of protective behaviors with cigarette smoking, living on the farm, marital status, or time in non-administrative farmwork. Risk perception was strongly associated with behavior; farmers concerned about specific health problems were much more likely to use protective equipment. Conclusions: Some farmer characteristics are associated with more safe behaviors, but efforts to encourage protective behaviors on farms should be broadly based in view of a lack of a single risk-taking profile among California farmers.
Keywords
Farmers; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Protective-equipment; Noise-levels; Pesticides; Tractors; Hazards; Industrial-environment; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-hazards; Injuries
Contact
Marc B. Schenker, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, TB168, Davis, CA 95616-8638
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20021101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
schenker@epm.ucdavis.edu
Funding Amount
1055222
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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