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Organization of work in the Agricultural, Forestry, and Fishing Sector in the US Southeast: implications for immigrant workers' occupational safety and health.

Authors
Grzywacz-JG; Lipscomb-HJ; Casanova-V; Neis-B; Fraser-C; Monaghan-P; Vallejos-QM
Source
Am J Ind Med 2013 Aug; 56(8):925-939
NIOSHTIC No.
20042971
Abstract
Background: There is widespread agreement that work organization is an important element of occupational safety and health, but the health effects of many aspects of work organization are likely to vary considerably across different sectors of work and geographies. Methods: We examined existing employment policies and work organization-related research relevant specifically to immigrant workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AgFF) Sector of the US workforce focusing, when possible, on the southeastern US. Results: A number of specific aspects of work organization within AgFF subsectors have been described, but most of this literature exists outside the purview of occupational health. There are few studies that directly examine how attributes of work organization relevant to the AgFF Sector affect workers', much less immigrant workers', occupational health exposures and outcomes. Conclusions: In contrast to the broader literature, research linking occupational health outcomes to work organization in the AgFF Sector is limited and weak. A systematic program of research and intervention is needed to develop strategies that eliminate or substantially mitigate the deleterious health effects of occupational exposures whose origins likely lie in the organization of AgFF work.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Fishing-industry; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Workers; Racial-factors; Work-organization; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Occupational-exposure; Safety-research; Medical-research; Author Keywords: immigrant workers; work organization; occupational health; safety; literature review
Contact
Joseph G. Grzywacz, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, 700 N. Greenwood Avenue, 2120 Main Hall Tulsa, OK 74106-0700
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20130801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
joseph.grzywacz@okstate.edu
Funding Amount
20000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R13-OH-009744; B20130805
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NC; NJ; FL
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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