Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon Generals Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 92-105
In 1990, the Congress established a national initiative in agricultural safety and health under Public Law 101-517. The Congress directed that this initiative, when sustained over a period of time, would result in a significant and measurable impact on health effects among rural Americans.
As part of that initiative, the Congress appropriated funds for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to convene a Surgeon General’s Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health. This Conference was held in 1991 and was chaired by Assistant Surgeon General J. Donald Millar, the Director of NIOSH. The purpose of this Conference was to raise consciousness, build coalitions, disseminate information, and encourage action to prevent injury and disease in agriculture. The Conference fulfilled this purpose and established a vision for improving the total quality of health and safety for agricultural workers and their families in America.