A model health and safety intervention for Hispanic immigrants working in the dairy Industry.
Liebman-AK; Juarez-Carrillo-P; Reyes-IAC; Keifer-MC
J Agromed 2014 Jun; 19(2):78-82
As dairy producers in the United States modernize and expand their operations, Hispanic immigrant workers play an increasingly important role. In Wisconsin, the country's second leading producer of dairy, an estimated 40-60% of the dairy workers are Hispanic immigrants. By and large, these workers have limited formal education, do not speak English, and have low literacy skills. They have limited to no training on how to do their job safely. Although there are no official statistics specific to undocumented workers in Wisconsin dairy, an estimated 48% of hired agricultural workers in the United States are not legally authorized to work in this country, which exposes both producers and workers to increased risk and deepens the vulnerability of immigrants in the work place. The National Farm Medicine Center and Migrant Clinicians Network, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, are piloting a 5-year project to offer a culturally appropriate popular education (CAPE) model to address the health and safety training needs of immigrant workers in dairy. The goal of this project, entitled Seguridad en las Lecherķas: Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety, is to bridge the gap in worker health and safety training in dairy production by testing a culturally appropriate occupational safety and health intervention to reduce worksite hazards and to improve knowledge and practices among immigrant dairy workers in Wisconsin.
Dairy-products; Agriculture; Workers; Work-environment; Sociological-factors; Racial-factors; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Protective-measures
Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA, Migrant Clinicians Network, 100 W. Main Street, Salisbury, MD 21801
Journal of Agromedicine
University of Minnesota