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Surveillance of on-farm injuries to youth in the United States.
Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities, Fifth International Symposium. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada: IAREH. Institute of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health, 2003 Oct; :M23-M24
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began a national initiative in 1997 to prevent fatal and nonfatal injuries to youth on farms in the United States. A major component of this initiative is the development of a surveillance program for injuries to youth that occurred on farms. This surveillance program is an internal NIOSH activity, and has the goal of providing national and regional surveillance on injuries occurring to a variety of youth populations exposed to farm hazards. The populations at risk include: youth farm workers and the children of farm workers; children of farm operators; and, children visiting farming operations. Development of the surveillance program included the assessment of existing data sources for their utility in providing on-farm youth injury information, and the development of new data collection systems to cover populations not adequately addressed by existing data systems. Existing data systems that have been examined include the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Occupational Fatal Injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, and the National Center for Health Statistics' Vital Statistics Mortality data system. New data collection efforts include periodic farm operator surveys conducted in cooperation with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, periodic youth farm worker surveys conducted in cooperation with the Department of Labor through the National Agricultural Workers Survey, and the annual collection of farm-related death certificates through the cooperation of State Vital Statistics Registrars.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-hazards; Children; Age-factors
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Future of Rural Peoples: Rural Economy, Healthy People, Environment, Rural Communities, Fifth International Symposium
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