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Pesticide training for adolescent migrant farmworkers.

McCauley LA; Anger KW; Scherer J
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01-OH-004230, 2003 Jan; :1-68
This project was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of commonly used pesticide safety training materials with migrant adolescent farmworkers. Most migrant farmworkers are poorly educated and do not speak English as a primary language. While materials are available to train farmworkers on pesticide safety, few of the training methods have been evaluated with non-English speaking populations and no studies have addressed the effectiveness of agriculture health and safety training with adolescent migrant farmworkers. The purpose of the project was to determine if cultural, developmental, and age-related factors are associated with the adolescent's knowledge and beliefs of pesticide hazards and safety precautions and to what extent these factors influence the effectiveness of pesticide safety training. Specifically the project compared 1) the effectiveness of video methods of training and more interactive "flipchart" approaches to training, 2) the effectiveness of training delivered in the context of an educational program versus traditional methods of grower initiated training, 3) the effectiveness of traditional methods of delivering the training (audio-visual materials, training packets) when compared to an individualized computer-assisted approach. The educational interventions used in this project are built upon previous community-based projects with the migrant agricultural community and were dependent upon collaborative relationships with organizations that serve and advocate for the Latino agricultural community. Results from this project provide a model for future educational intervention research in agricultural occupational safety and health and contribute to the knowledge of workplace exposures and health effects in this vulnerable population.
Agricultural-workers; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Farmers; Worker-health
Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon 97201-3098
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Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
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Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon 97201-3098
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