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Improving health and safety in the agricultural workplace.

Authors
Schenker-MB
Source
Promoting Human Wellness: New Frontiers for Research, Practice, and Policy. Schneider Jamner M, Stokols D, eds., Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000 Dec; :586-614
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20034648
Abstract
Agriculture is an occupation whose hazards have historically been ignored in the United States. Other'occupations thought to be inherently hazardous, such as mining, have seen dramatic reductions in injuries and illnesses at the same time as more productive technologies have been instituted. Unlike mining, agriculture has not suffered the sort of mass disasters that catalyze action and resources to address a problem nevertheless, there is now increased recognition of the hazardous nature of agriculture, and the situation is changing. Approaches to injury and illness prevention in agriculture must use modern techniques of disease prevention and health promotion. They also must take into account the changing nature of the agricultural workplace and of health care delivery, particularly in the rural setting. Agriculture is a very diverse industry, and solutions must be appropriate to the local political, geographic, and cultural factors and to the farm practices of the region. Farming is the oldest occupation and was one of the first in which it was recognized that work could be hazardous as well as rewarding; it deserves our best efforts and the necessary resources to make it as safe, and its workers as healthy, as possible.
Keywords
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Health-care-personnel; Public-health; Nurses; Nursing; Sociological-factors; Health-programs; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-dermatitis; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-nursing; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-services; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-sociology; Occupations; Mining-industry
Publication Date
20001204
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Schneider Jamner-M; Stokols-D
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780520226081
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Source Name
Promoting Human Wellness: New Frontiers for Research, Practice, and Policy
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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