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Health and safety of personnel in agriculture.

Purschwitz MA
Agricultural Mechanization & Automation, Encyclopedia of Life Support (ELOSS). McNulty P, and Grace, P, eds., Oxford, UK: EOLSS Publishers, 2004 Jan; :1-15
Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the world in which to work. Many agricultural workers suffer serious and fatal injuries each year, and many others suffer work-related illnesses. Farmers, farm operators, and farm contractors have invested a great deal of time and money in their operations, and have a financial as well as moral obligation to take seriously the health and safety hazards on farms and to protect the health and safety of their workers and family members. Children who live on or visit farms must also be protected. Farm hazards include tractors and other machinery, animals, confined spaces and storage structures, electricity, fires, chemicals, respiratory hazards, repetitive motions, noise and others. Developing and implementing a safety program, including searching out and eliminating or minimizing hazards on a farm, is the most important thing that can be done. Proper training of all who work on the farm or with various types of equipment, including family members, is necessary. Being a good neighbor means protecting the health and safety of the general public and neighbors to the farm.
Agriculture; Health-standards; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Farmers; Worker-health; Workers; Hazards; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Tractors; Children; Confined-spaces; Storage-facilities; Electrical-hazards; Chemical-composition; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Respiratory-irritants; Respiration; Training; Prophylaxis; Protective-equipment; Injuries; Injury-prevention
M. A. Purschwitz, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. USA
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McNulty P; Grace P
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Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
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Agricultural Mechanization & Automation, Encyclopedia of Life Support (ELOSS)
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Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division