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Overview of the NIOSH childhood agricultural injury prevention initiative.

Hard DL; Castillo DN; Myers JR; Pizatella TJ; Olenchock SA
NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19, 2000. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :18
In 1996 the report Children in Agriculture: Opportunities for Safety and Health: A National Action Plan was released by the National Committee for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention. The National Action Plan (NAP) generated "specific, targeted recommendations for research, education, policy, and evaluation, with the goal of reducing unintentional agricultural injuries to children younger than 18 years." The plan specifically recommended that NIOSH assume leadership for coordinating efforts to implement this action plan at the federal level. Due in large part to the awareness and concern raised by this report about the childhood agricultural injury issue, NIOSH received a congressional appropriation of $5 million in fiscal year (FY) 1997 and through the present year for implementing this Initiative. The NIOSH Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative builds upon previous NIOSH research and objectives, as well as recommended action steps in the NAP. In implementing the Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative, NIOSH has assumed a leadership role by identifying, funding and developing quality childhood agricultural injury prevention activities. Due to efforts by NIOSH and its extramural partners, progress is being achieved. Thirteen extramural research proposals specific to childhood agricultural safety and health research have been completed and new grants were solicited in FY 2000 to conduct additional research in this area. A national surveillance plan for childhood agricultural injuries is being developed and implemented by NIOSH. An extramural partner has also developed a model for training professionals in childhood agricultural injury prevention approaches. Finally, the important issue of being able to turn research findings into action and serve as a resource for injury professionals working with this specific target population is addressed by another extramural partner, the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS), located at the Marshfield Medical Research and Education Foundation in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Accident prevention; Injury prevention; Age factors; Agricultural industry; Agricultural workers; Children; Surveillance programs
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000
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