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Health and safety risks in production agriculture.
Von Essen SG; McCurdy SA
West J Med 1998 Oct; 169(4):214-220
Production agriculture is associated with a variety of occupational illnesses and injuries. Agricultural workers are at higher risk of death or disabling injury than most other workers. Traumatic injury commonly occurs from working with machinery or animals. Respiratory illness and health problems from exposures to farm chemicals are major concerns, and dermatoses, hearing loss, certain cancers, and zoonotic infections are important problems. Innovative means of encouraging safe work practices are being developed. Efforts are being made to reach all groups of farmworkers, including migrant and seasonal workers, farm youth, and older farmers.
Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Agriculture; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-industry; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Workers; Worker-health; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-exposure; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Farmers
Issue of Publication
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
Western Journal of Medicine
University of California, Davis, California
Page last reviewed: October 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division