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Worker health and safety in a changing agricultural environment.
Cotton and Other Organic Dusts: Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Cotton and Organic Dusts Research Conference, Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4 - 8, 2000, San Antonio, Texas. Memphis, TN: National Cotton Council, 2000 Jan; 1:219-221
Changing demographics in the farming population and changes to the farm itself continue to represent new challenges and opportunities related to ensuring the health and safety of the farming community. While individual and partnership farms continue to decrease in number, the age of the remaining farm operators continues to increase. From 1982 to 1997, the number of farmers aged 65 years and older increased 24%, with the average age of 54.3 years for farm operators in 1997. Female farm operators continue to increase in numbers, as do Spanish, Hispanic or Latino operators. For the safety and health professional, these changes bring new concerns of slips and falls, reproductive hazards, and cultural acceptance of prevention messages and activities. This paper will update the current trends and discuss the potential effects of the health and safety of workers in agriculture.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Surveillance-programs; Demographic-characteristics;
Wakelyn PJ; Jacobs RR; Rylander R
Cotton and Other Organic Dusts: Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Cotton and Organic Dusts Research Conference, Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4 - 8, 2000, San Antonio, Texas
OH; TX; TN
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