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Health in the teaching laboratories.
Agric Educ Mag 1990 Jun; 62(12):15-16,23
Occupational hazards in agricultural teaching laboratories were discussed. The incidence of serious accidents and long term health effects in teachers in agricultural education programs in secondary schools was discussed. Three factors were considered to be responsible for much of the risk: opportunity, the Superhero complex, and the nonawareness of the risk. Teachers have a much greater opportunity for accidents to occur in the laboratories than do students, simply because they are present in the laboratory a much more significant amount of time. Teachers may believe themselves to be indestructible and indispensible and will perform tasks in the lab which they would never permit their students to perform. Teaching agricultural education and agricultural mechanics has been full of subtle and hidden dangers to health. The teachers often may be uninformed about the long term effects of stress, toxic fume exposure, dust, vibration, chemicals and noise. Noise, in particular, can cause a loss of hearing, can interfere with communication, can reduce the performance levels, and be an annoyance. Exposure to excessive noise in the laboratory can be assumed under conditions where you must raise your voice to be heard, where you cannot hear someone less than 2 feet away, when speech around you seems muffled or dull after you leave a noisy area, and when you have a ringing in the ears after exposure to noise. Protective measures were discussed.
NIOSH-Grant; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Teaching; Laboratory-workers; Noise-exposure; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Occupational-exposure
Issue of Publication
The Agricultural Education Magazine
Agricultural Education University of Arizona Forbes 222A, College of AG Tucson, AZ 85721
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division