Promoting and protecting worker health and safety in the Republic of Korea agricultural sector.
Calvert-GM; Lee-K; Roh-S; Davis-KG; Tak-S
J Agromed 2012 Jul; 17(3):326-337
With the exception of agriculture, all other Republic of Korea industrial sectors have comprehensive systems in place for workplace surveillance (i.e., disease, injury, and exposure), research, and targeted interventions. However, because few statistics are available on the occupational health and safety conditions in the Republic of Korea agricultural sector, there is little information to guide interventions to prevent hazardous agricultural exposures. The scant information that is currently available suggests that agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the Republic of Korea. Building on information obtained at the International Symposium on Development of Prevention Strategies for Agricultural Health and Safety held in Suwon, Republic of Korea, in 2005, and embellished with examples of surveillance, research, and intervention activities conducted in the United States and elsewhere, this article provides guidance to promote and protect the health of Korean agricultural workers. This information can also guide other countries to reduce agricultural hazards.
Surveillance-programs; Industrial-environment; Diseases; Injuries; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Health-care; Safety-measures; Hazards; Risk-factors; Humans; Men; Women; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals;
Author Keywords: Agriculture; injury; Korea; musculoskeletal diseases; pesticides; surveillance
Geoffrey M. Calvert, MD, MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R-17, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Journal of Agromedicine