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Assessment of personal protective equipment use among Midwestern farmers.
Carpenter WS; Lee BC; Gunderson PD; Stueland DT
Am J Ind Med 2002 Sep; 42(3):236-247
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is readily available and widely recommended, yet usage among agricultural workers is largely unknown. A mail survey of 2,483 farmers in six Midwestern states with telephone follow-up addressed PPE usage related to sun exposure, noise abatement, chain saw usage, welding and metal work, handling of large animals in and out of confinement facilities, feed handling, manure storage facilities, and mixing and applying chemicals. Summary statistics of survey responses were compiled. With the exception of welding masks, PPE usage was low. Farmers were satisfied with availability of PPE through local hardware and farm cooperatives, but the decision to use PPE was personal and influenced little by outside parties. PPE usage rates by farmers on Midwestern farms need to be increased. The desire of the individual farmer to reduce risk of personal injury or exposure should be targeted. The most effective venue will be local agricultural extension services.
Personal-protective-equipment; Demographic-characteristics; Farmers; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Occupational-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-analysis; Occupational-exposure; Author Keywords: farmers; agricultural workers; agricultural safety and health; safety training; safety attitudes; prevention personal protective equipment
W. Scott Carpenter, Emergency Medicine Department, Marshfield Clinic, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation