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Surveillance for agricultural safety and health.
Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa. Myers ML, Herrick RF, Olenchock SA, Myers JR, Parker JE, Hard DL, Wilson K, eds. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 92-105, 1992 Sep; :67-72
A speech was presented at a conference dealing with agricultural safety and health, and specifically discussed the importance of surveillance. Central to the process of disease prevention was public health surveillance. The first step in public health surveillance was the recognition that a problem exists. Tracking the trends of a problem as its incidence increases was a related goal. The second step was defining the scope of a problem. The third was to conduct etiologic research to determine the cause. The fourth step was to design an intervention that will prevent transmission of an infectious agent, exposure to the chemical hazard, or in some way prevent the contact with causative agent. The fifth step involved a trial of the proposed intervention system in an experimental situation where a limited number of important factors are controlled. Sixth, field tests were conducted to determine whether what appeared in the laboratory to be successful is actually going to be successful in real life. Seventh, scarce preventive resources were targeted to maximize their effectiveness. The final step called for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the public health intervention.
NIOSH-Author; Worker-health; Mortality-data; Occupational-safety-programs; Industrial-health-programs; Risk-analysis; Mortality-surveys; Epidemiology; Surveillance-programs; Agricultural-worker
Myers ML; Herrick RF; Olenchock SA; Myers JR; Parker JE; Hard DL; Wilson K
Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa
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