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History and lessons for agricultural safety and health.
J Agric Saf Health 1997 May; 3(2):77-79
Lessons provided in the history of the agricultural safety and healthy movement were reviewed. National awareness of the substantial number of occupational injuries in the agricultural industry grew in the late 1930s and 1940s. The Farm Safety movement, later termed the Agricultural Division, was established within the National Safety Council. In later decades, the National Institute for Farm Safety, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the United States Department of Agriculture, became involved in promoting agricultural safety and health throughout the nation. In the 1990s, NIOSH was provided with funding by Congress for agricultural safety and health efforts. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation also supplied funding for improved agricultural safety and health. National organizations were described as becoming insular with time. Thus, an external group, which would provide input to the larger organization concerning new directions for research, surveillance and intervention, was recommended. In addition, when funding became scarce, national organizations were described as tending to channel research funds in house, rather than to external research groups. A sensitive balance between in house and external funding, perhaps through the establishment of a critical mass of agricultural safety and health professionals, was called for. The author concludes that the 1990s has been a significant decade in the improvement of agricultural safety and health. By heeding the advice of experienced professionals, improvements will continue in the future.
Agricultural-industry; Occupational-health; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-research; Health-engineering; Safety-engineering; Worker-health
Issue of Publication
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division