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NIOSH approach to childhood agricultural injury surveillance.

Myers JR
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
NIOSH began the Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention initiative in the fall of 1997 to implement the recommendations developed by the National Committee for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention (NCCAIP). One NCCAIP recommendation is for surveillance specific to childhood agricultural injuries. A major issue for childhood farm injuries is the number of special populations (e.g., youth workers, minority children, youth visiting farms). Because of these special populations, no single surveillance method provides adequate information for all youth. NIOSH is evaluating different surveillance approaches for these special populations. Farm operator surveys are proposed for the surveillance of youth living on, or visiting farms, and youth directly hired by the farmer. A general farm operator survey has been completed, and a second survey targeting minority farmers is planned. A personal interview survey is ongoing to assess injuries to young minority farm workers, and the children of minority farm workers. A national hospital emergency department surveillance system is also being evaluated for assessing youth farm injuries. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and death certificates will be used to assess fatal injuries. These methods will be used by NIOSH to develop an ongoing periodic surveillance approach for childhood agricultural injuries.
Accident rates; Accident statistics; Accidents; Accident prevention; Injuries; Traumatic injuries; Injury prevention; Surveillance programs; Statistical analysis; Epidemiology; Agricultural industry; Agricultural workers; Age factors; Age groups; Children
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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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