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Intervention studies in agricultural safety and health: California Agricultural Ergonomics Program Trial.

Meyers JM; Miles JA; Faucett J; Janowitz I; Fathallah F; Sutter S; Tarter M; Morrison F; Suriano A; Duraj V; Shafii M; Tejeda D
NIOSH 2002 Jun; :1-129
This is a report on the results of the California Agricultural Ergonomics Program Trial of the University of California as proposed to and funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Continuing Agreement PHS-RO1 OH14508. This project terminated in November 2001 however a 3-month extension was awarded through February 2002. Project Goal - to conduct cooperative demonstration programs that will result in a set of "best practices" guidelines for ergonomics programs in agricultural workplaces and also serve as intervention trials to help determine the efficacy of such programs as implemented in agriculture. The project proposed to: 1. Provide the agricultural community with peer demonstrations of model ergonomics programs for their workplaces; 2. Provide information from which a "best practices" model program can be developed for agriculture; 3. provide data on the performance of "best practices" ergonomics programs in different agricultural workplaces in reducing reported incidence and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders; and 4. Add to research knowledge about the preventive efficacy of ergonomics programs. At the time of this proposal, California OSHA's workplace ergonomics regulation was both brand new and represented a performance standard (as opposed to a design or specification standard) with no clear guideline as to how to comply in detail. This was viewed as troublesome by many employers. Just as importantly, the nation's employers have been watching the California OSHA program to see if this approach to regulation in this controversial area of workplace safety and health is both effective and practical. Field research was needed to assess the best methods and practicality of implementing the standard and to determine how effective it might prove to be in reducing hazards and preventing future injury. A best practices approach to implementation of the California OSHA standard was developed based on UC Agricultural Ergonomics Research Center(UC AERC) experience and consultation with both cooperators and California OSHA. That approach and the associated educational materials were employed to develop ergonomics programs with five different cooperators. The results were evaluated for each cooperator.
Ergonomics; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Workplace-studies; Models; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
University of California, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
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Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
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University of California, Davis, CA
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