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Surveillance of on-farm injuries to youth in the United States.

NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :29
In 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) began a national initiative 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. By combining information from all these data sources, NIOSH intends to create a workable and cost effective approach to providing injury surveillance for the three broad youth populations at risk to farm hazards. Finally, this surveillance program will undergo an external review by experts in the area of agricultural safety and health surveillance to ensure the scientific soundness and appropriateness of this program.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Risk-analysis; Surveillance
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania