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Female farmworkers' perceptions of heat-related illness and pregnancy health.
Flocks J; Vi Thien Mac V; Runkle J; Tovar-Aquilar JA; Economos J; McCauley LA
J Agromed 2013 Oct; 18(4):350-358
Although agricultural workers have elevated risks of heat-related illnesses (HRI), pregnant farmworkers exposed to extreme heat face additional health risk, including poor pregnancy health and birth outcomes. Qualitative data from five focus groups with 35 female Hispanic and Haitian nursery and fernery workers provide details about the women's perceptions of HRI and pregnancy. Participants believe that heat exposure can adversely affect general, pregnancy, and fetal health, yet feel they lack control over workplace conditions and that they lack training about these specific risks. These data are being used to develop culturally appropriate educational materials emphasizing health promoting and protective behaviors during pregnancy.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Women; Pregnancy; Prenatal-exposure; Employee-exposure; Employee-health; Worker-health; Reproductive-hazards; Reproductive-effects; Farmers; Fertility; Group-behavior; Behavior; Qualitative-analysis; Attitude; Fetus; Racial-factors; Education; Heat; Heat-exhaustion; Heat-exposure; Heat-stress; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Behavior; Author Keywords: Beliefs; farmworkers; heat-related illness; pregnancy health
Joan Flocks, MA, JD, Director, Social Policy Division, Center for Governmental Responsibility, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, PO Box 117629, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Issue of Publication
Journal of Agromedicine
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division