Introduction to the W. K. Kellogg Agricultural Safety and Health (ASH) Initiative.
J Agromed 1998 Jan; 5(2):3-7
Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. It is a vital industry built upon the hopes and dreams of rural families and by callused hands of farmworkers from a range of cultural and economic backgrounds. It is a rewarding lifestyle for many who tend America's crops and livestock and an important source of employment for others. However, agriculture is not always a friendly pursuit, but a dangerous occupation fraught with deadly risks and hazards. The health and safety problems relating to agriculture are numerous and include traumatic injury and death, acute and chronic disease, respiratory infections, cancer, pesticide poisoning, dermatitis, degenerative' musculoskeletal syndromes, hearing loss, and stress disorders. Unlike some other industries, agriculture may involve children under the age of 16 years and adults over the age of 65 years, introducing other potential risks and hazards. The health and safety problems relating to agriculture are compounded by the problems of access to and availability of rural health care.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Injuries; Disease-incidence; Disease-control; Hearing-loss; Infectious-diseases; Respiratory-infections; Cancer; Pesticides; Dermatitis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Children; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Susan Jenkins, Program Director for Food Systems and Rural Development, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Journal of Agromedicine
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation