Development and application of a pen-based computer program for direct entry of agricultural hazard data.
Wilkins JR III; Bean TL; Mitchell GL; Crawford JM; Eicher LC
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1997 Feb; 12(2):105-110
A pen based computer program being used in health and hazard studies conducted in cooperation with NIOSH on cash grain farms was described. Data obtained by trained two person hazard technician teams were recorded electronically using a pen based notebook computer. Software was developed to include project modules composed of forms which would appear on the screen and be filled in with an electronic stylus. Hazard domains including structures, mobile farm machinery, farm vehicles, landscape, ergonomics, and other, could be chosen from the main menu. Data options available in each of the hazard domains were described. Technicians reported few hardware problems when this system was used on 179 farm visits. An average of 2 hours was required for the two person hazard technician team to complete a farm walk around survey. The authors conclude that this pen based computer system is superior to paper based systems and may be readily adapted to other industries.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Workplace-studies; Computer-equipment; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Health-hazards; Sampling-methods
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
The Ohio State University Research Foundation