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Document ID (ISN)100014
CIS number 02-1359
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arcury T.A., Quandt S.A., Cravey A.J., Elmore R.C., Russell G.B.
Title Farmworker reports of pesticide safety and sanitation in the work environment
Bibliographic information May 2001, Vol.39, No.5, p.487-498. 34 ref.
Abstract Migrant and seasonal farm workers are at risk for occupational illnesses from pesticide exposure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pesticide safety regulations, to learn from farm worker safety experiences in the United States and to develop effective measures to improve agricultural workplace safety. Research included in-depth interviews with farm workers, farmers and health care providers, including interviews with 270 minority farm workers during 1998, and 293 during 1999. It was found that farm workers and farmers held different beliefs concerning pesticide safety, which affects sanitation practices. Farm workers report that farm owners do not adhere to regulations mandating training and basic sanitation facilities. Several points of intervention are proposed for improving pesticide safety and sanitation. In particular, the emphasis for intervention must include educating farmers as well as farm workers.
Descriptors (primary) pesticides; migrant workers; information of personnel; safety training in industry; plant safety and health organization; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) USA; conditions of work; disobeying safety instructions; limitation of exposure; sanitary facilities; personal hygiene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Agricultural chemicals