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Document ID (ISN)109780
CIS number 09-872
Year 2009
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2009-128
Title An overview of safety and health for workers in the horse-racing industry
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Apr. 2009. vi, 20p. Illus. 53 ref.
Internet access http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/2009-128.pdf [in English]
Abstract Between 1993 and 1996, 6,545 injuries occurred among jockeys during horse races in the United States, an injury rate of 606 per 1,000 jockeys years. In 1987, it was reported that more than 100 jockeys had been killed in work-related incidents since 1950. Numerous studies in the published scientific literature conclude that the low body weight requirement for jockeys increases the risk of acquiring eating disorders in order to control weight. These concerns about potential work-related hazards for jockeys and other employees in the horse racing industry were raised at a Congressional hearing in 2005. This guide is intended for all workers associated with the horse-racing sector. It summarizes NIOSH's efforts in responding to the Congressional inquiry and provides recommendations for reducing the number of injuries and improving the health among workers in the sector.
Descriptors (primary) injuries; handling of animals; horse riding establishments; risk factors; fatalities
Descriptors (secondary) USA; anorexia; body weight; nutrition; safety guides; safe working methods; public OSH institutions; role of government
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Nutrition
Entertainment services and sports
Livestock rearing