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Caring for farm families: workplace safety & health.
Health Farm Families Workshop, November 2003, Moorhead, Minnesota. 2003 Nov; :1-43
Principles are not unique. Any labor intensive industry, industries which include frequent contact with biologically active inputs and outputs, heavy equipment, etc. and Industries with diverse worker population. Nature of biological materials - by their very nature, products like grain, feed, animal waste, and chemicals are: unstable, perishable, and require high degree of skill and management. Contamination distances and accessibility issues intervention research clearly indicates that: One shot programs have minimal effect, there is rarely a "magic bullet," successful programs use multiple delivery channels and target multiple audiences, the community infrastructure -- anyone who delivers goods, services, and information must be part of the target. Some areas for future learning - diagnosing and treating agricultural respiratory disease (asthma, bronchitis, farmer's lung, organic dust toxic syndrome), farm family stress and mental health, and proper treatment of pesticide poisoning.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Biological-distribution; Biological-monitoring; Biological-transport; Education; Exposure-assessment; Farmers; Injury-prevention; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Risk-analysis; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
John M. Shutske, Workplace Safety & Health Specialist and AgrAbility Project Director, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 390 Eckles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108-6005
Health Farm Families Workshop, November 2003, Moorhead, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division