Violations of federal and state pesticide & pesticide-related personal protective equipment standards among agricultural employers in Oregon.
Faulkner-KA; D'Alessandro-MM; Mendeloff-J; Cooke-GR
J Agromed 2010 Jul; 15(3):319
The objectives of this study are to quantify and characterize violations of federal and state pesticide-related personal protective equipment (PPE) standards among randomly selected Agricultural workplaces in Oregon from 1999 to 2008. We analyzed data from the Oregon OSHA Pesticide Emphasis Program in over 500 pesticiderelated inspections in Oregon from 1999-2008. All inspections were conducted randomly within major groups of the industry as targeted by the Pesticide Emphasis Program. Violations included non-compliance with specific standards of both the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS), including respiratory and non-respiratory PPE requirements, and the Oregon OSHA PPE standards. The following items will be analyzed and reported: 1) trends in the number and rate of EPA WPS violations and separately in Oregon OSHA PPE violations over time, controlling for the types of Agricultural Industry included which varies from year to year-violation rates will be calculated as the number of violations divided by the number of inspections; 2) a description of the types of violations and their seriousness and any changes in their prevalence over time; and 3) rates of violation recurrence within a workplace. All analyses will be presented in the poster. By addressing the study objectives, we will better understand the extent to which Agricultural workplaces in Oregon comply with state and federal pesticide-related PPE standards and the types of non-compliance that occur. The study addresses the Personal Protective Technology Program's PPE Surveillance in Agriculture effort to characterize PPE use among agricultural workers in order to better address their occupational safety and health needs.
Agriculture; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Insecticides
Journal of Agromedicine