Eye health and safety among Latino farmworkers.
Verma-A; Schulz-MR; Quandt-SA; Robinson-EN; Grzywacz-JG; Chen-H; Arcury-TA
J Agromed 2011 Apr; 16(2):143-152
Farmworkers face a variety of risk factors for eye injuries. Measures of eye protection use and of eye safety knowledge and beliefs are based on a survey of 300 Latino farmworkers in North Carolina. Few farmworkers report using eye protection (8.3%); most (92.3%) report that employers do not provide eye protection. Approximately 70% report that they are not trained in preventing eye injuries; 81% believe that their chances of getting an eye injury are low. Many farmworkers choose to take risks in order to save time. Interventions are needed that target farmworker knowledge and beliefs about eye safety.
Accident-prevention; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Epidemiology; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Training;
Author Keywords: Eye protection; eye safety; knowledge; farmworker; Latino; perception; risk
Amit Verma, DrPH, MPH, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Public Health Education, 437 HHP Building, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Agromedicine
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York