Overview of immigrant worker occupational health and safety for the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AgFF) Sector in the Southeastern United States.
Arcury TA; Grzywacz JG; Sidebottom J; Wiggins MF
Am J Ind Med 2013 Aug; 56(8):912-924
Background: Manual labor in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AgFF) Sector is provided primarily by immigrant workers. Limited information is available that documents the demographic characteristics of these manual workers, the occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities they experience; or the risk factors to which they are exposed. Methods: A working conference of experts on occupational health in the AgFF Sector was held to address information limitations. This paper provides an overview of the conference. Other reports address organization of work, health outcomes, healthcare access, and safety policy. Contents: This report addresses how best to define the population and the AgFF Sector, occupational exposures for the sector, data limitations, characteristics of immigrant workers, reasons for concern for immigrant workers in the AgFF Sector, regulations, a conceptual model for occupational health, and directions for research and intervention.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Fishing-industry; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Workers; Racial-factors; Occupational-health; Health-care; Work-operations; Work-organization; Safety-measures; Medical-treatment; Decision-making; Worker-health; Risk-factors; Manual-materials-handling;
Author Keywords: immigrant workers; migrant workers; agriculture; forestry; fishing; health disparities; minority health
Thomas A. Arcury, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine Medical, Center, Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1084
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina