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Assessing Hmong farmers' safety and health.

Authors
de Castro-AB; Krenz-J; Neitzel-RL
Source
Workplace Health Saf 2014 May; 62(5):178-185
NIOSHTIC No.
20044631
Abstract
This pilot project investigated agricultural-related safety and health issues among Hmong refugees working on family-operated farms. Novel approaches, namely participatory rural appraisal and photovoice, were used to conduct a qualitative occupational hazard assessment with a group of Hmong farmers in Washington State. These two methods were useful in gathering participants' own perspectives about priority concerns. Several identified problems were related to musculoskeletal disorders, handling and operating heavy machinery, heat and cold stress, respiratory exposures, pest management, and socioeconomic and language concerns. Findings from this study provide insight into the work-related challenges that Hmong refugee farmers encounter and can serve as a basis for occupational health professionals to develop interventions to assist this underserved group.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Farmers; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Health-services; Health-care; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Manual-lifting; Heat; Heat-exposure; Cold-environments; Cold-stress; Environmental-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pest-control; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Sociological-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors
Contact
A. B. de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, University of Washington-Bothell, Nursing & Health Studies Program, 18115 Campus Way NE, Box 358532, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Publication Date
20140501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
BdeCastro@uwb.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007544; M072014
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
2165-0799
Source Name
Workplace Health & Safety
State
WA; MI
Performing Organization
University of Washington
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