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Journal of Agromedicine

Julia F Storm, Catherine E LePrevost, Consuelo Arellano, W Gregory Cope
OBJECTIVES: Certified Safe Farm (CSF) is a multimodal intervention composed of four components: safety, health, education, and economic incentive. North Carolina has conducted the largest implementation of CSF outside of the Midwestern United States where it was developed. This paper describes the Efficacy dimension of the Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework for the implementation of CSF in North Carolina during 2009-2012 on 113 farms in a three-county, highly productive and diverse agricultural area...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Anabel Rodriguez, G Robert Hagevoort, Dianey Leal, Lisa Pompeii, David I Douphrate
BACKGROUND: Modern U.S. dairy farm operations present multiple safety hazards which may result in worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The U.S. industry trend towards large-herd milking operations, especially in the Western U.S., necessitates an increased number of workers on each farm. The U.S. dairy workforce is comprised of an increasing percentage of immigrant workers with limited English proficiency which presents a safety training challenge. Our objective was to develop, deliver and evaluate safety awareness training to U...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Opal Patel, Girija Syamlal, Paul K Henneberger, Walter A Alarcon, Jacek M Mazurek
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to examine associations between use of specific pesticides and lifetime allergic rhinitis and current asthma in US primary farm operators. METHODS: The 2011 Farm and Ranch Safety Survey data from 11,210 primary farm operators were analyzed. Pesticide use on the farm was determined using an affirmative response to the question of whether the operator ever mixed, loaded, or applied pesticides on their farm in the 12 months prior to the interview...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Serap Gorucu, Dennis Murphy, Daniel Foster, Roger Hanagriff, John Ewing
Distracted driving by using modern technologies has been linked with increased risk of injuries, however, the current research has focused primarily on the use of technology while operating roadway vehicles. The purpose of this study was to explore the use of technology while operating farm equipment among members of an agricultural youth organization (Pennsylvania FFA Association members). An online survey was used to examine the use of technology while operating a tractor, ATV/UTV, skid steer, and truck/car...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Sara A Quandt, Augusta Groeschel-Johnson, Hannah T Kinzer, Anna Jensen, Kenya Miles, Heather M O'Hara, Haiying Chen, Thomas A Arcury
OBJECTIVES: Diabetes is a chronic disease prevalent in Hispanic/Latino adults, including migrant farmworkers in the US. Its management requires that individuals follow dietary guidelines, which may be difficult for migrant farmworkers due to work and environmental constraints. This analysis is designed to explore potential barriers to and supports for migrant farmworkers' practice of effective dietary self-management. METHODS: Interviews were conducted with 200 Latino migrant farmworkers in North Carolina, including workers with and without diabetes, recruited at housing sites throughout the 2017 agricultural season...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Kali Turner, Peter Rabinowitz, Naomi Anderson, Martin Cohen, Marguerite Pappaioanou
OBJECTIVE: To characterize occupational injuries of aquaculture workers in Washington State. METHODS: We reviewed accepted Washington State workers' compensation claims from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2014. Trends in employment, worker demographics (including age, sex, and body mass index), claim rate, and injury characteristics were summarized for accepted claims in the Washington State risk classes that include aquaculture workers. RESULTS: During the nine-year study period, there were 1,180 accepted claims, 836 (65...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Bryan Weichelt, Casper Bendixsen
Skid steers or loaders are becoming prolific in U.S. agriculture - as are the injuries and fatalities related to their use. A review of incidents as queried in AgInjuryNews from 2016 to 2017 revealed an overrepresentation of youth being involved in these tragic incidents. This raises concerns over parental attitudes and beliefs about the safety of these machines. Skid steer incidents do not appear to be a result from a lack of safety education materials, however. Indeed, manufacturers, the Centers for Disease Control, and many state extension systems have safety manuals and general instruction, including YouTube videos and online resources...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Catharina Alwall Svennefelt, Erik Hunter, Peter Lundqvist
Farm work safety intervention programs based on educating and informing have been criticized for not demonstrably improving work safety. We argue that these criticisms are misplaced and that the problem with educating and informing lies not necessarily in the tool, but rather in its implementation. We arrive at this conclusion by systematically investigating eight of the largest farm work safety interventions in Sweden. In particular, we describe how they use fear and other emotional appeals in their communications in an attempt to motivate improved work safety...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Marja K Kallioniemi, Janne Kaseva, Christina Lunner Kolstrup, Ahti Simola, Hanna-Riitta Kymäläinen
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to examine job resources, work engagement and Finnish dairy farmers' preferences concerning methods to enhance overall well-being while working on farms. METHODS: A postal survey yielded 265 completed questionnaires from 188 dairy farms. The sample was assessed as representative of Finnish dairy farmers. Exploratory factor analysis and a linear mixed model were utilized during the data analyzing process. RESULTS: The variables lowering work engagement were stressors related to the workload and problems with health...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Andrea Guytingco, Phayong Thepaksorn, Richard L Neitzel
OBJECTIVE: To determine prevalence of abnormal serum acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and behavioral risks associated behaviors from pesticide exposure. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were collected from agriculture workers in Trang Province, Thailand in 2013-2014. Agricultural workers in Trang Province filled out questionnaires provided by the Ministry of Public Health and gave blood samples. Risk scores were calculated based on questionnaire responses and a reactive-paper finger-blood test was used to evaluate AChE levels...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Dilek Öztaş, Burak Kurt, Ayşegül Koç, Muhsin Akbaba
OBJECTIVE: Migrant seasonal agricultural workers who are employed in one of the most hazardous occupations in Turkey experience difficulties in accessing health-care services. The aim of this study is to investigate the living conditions, access to health-care services, and occupational health and safety conditions of migrant seasonal agricultural workers in the Çukurova region. METHODS: Four hundred migrant seasonal agricultural workers were contacted in the county of Karataş located in the province of Adana, Turkey...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Nichole A Garzia, John J Spinelli, Carolyn C Gotay, Kay Teschke
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a literature review to determine the types of information that existing dermal pesticide monitoring data could provide for future pesticide exposure assessment in occupational epidemiology. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed on eight online databases. Two screening phases with predetermined criteria identified the qualifying literature. Standard information and dermal pesticide monitoring data were recorded and summarized from each qualifying study to assess its usefulness for future pesticide exposure assessment...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Eoin Fahey, Andrew Hughes, Ciara Egan, Colin G Murphy
OBJECTIVE: This case series describes four cases with a similar mechanism of injury: crush injuries to the foot from hydraulic presses/trailers. The aim of the study was to review a specific cohort of pneumatic compression injuries of the foot in terms of their soft-tissue component, and in particular relating to the burst lacerations. METHOD: The mechanism and patterns of injury were reviewed to identify common features in a case series of four crush injuries to the foot which presented to the Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway over a period of 6 months between January and July 2017...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Christina Lunner-Kolstrup, Torsten Hörndahl, Janne P Karttunen
This pilot study investigated how farm operators use and experience working with advanced farm technology and automated systems. The study participants included 10 farm operators at 4 modern and technically well-equipped arable and dairy farms. The informants reported that the technology allowed for more accuracy and efficiency in daily work, made the work less physically strenuous, and gave more time for leisure. The challenges lay in systems and programs not being compatible and difficulties in interpreting generated data...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Serap Gorucu, Dennis Murphy, Aaron Yoder, Michael Pate
This brief report for the Journal of Agromedicine presents key findings of a systematic review of scholarly products produced between 2004 and 2015 associated with agricultural safety and health priority areas. This brief report is derived from "A review of the National Research and Extension Agenda for Agricultural Safety and Health". The purpose of this report is to provide a synopsis of extension and research safety efforts and provide recommendations for extension. The scholarly products were classified into three main groups: peer-reviewed journal articles, technical conference papers, and educational products...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
K Sakthiaseelan Kumaraveloo, Christina Lunner Kolstrup
OBJECTIVES: To systematically explore and summarize the risk factors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among the agricultural workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). In addition, to identify and analyze the methodological flaws in the reviewed studies. METHODS: A comprehensive electronic literature search was conducted using PubMed, Medline, SCOPUS, CINAHL, Science Direct, Embase, Wiley Online Library, Google Scholar, and Web of Science databases...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Scott Heiberger
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2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Bryan Weichelt, Aaron Yoder, Casper Bendixsen, Matthew Pilz, Gerald Minor, Matthew Keifer
Fire departments have right-of-entry to most commercial industrial sites and preemptively map them to identify the onsite resources and hazards they need to promptly and safely respond to an emergency event. This is not the case for private farms. Emergency responders are blind to resources and hazards prior to arrival and must spend critical minutes locating them during an emergency response at a farm location. The original 2013 Farm Mapping to Assist, Protect and Prepare Emergency Responders (Farm MAPPER) project was undertaken to develop a method to give emergency responders an up-to-date view of on-farm hazard information to safely and efficiently conduct emergency response activities on private agricultural operations...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Shyrle Berrio, Lope H Barrero
OBJECTIVE: Manual flower cutting imposes large biomechanical demands on workers' upper extremities. Solutions are required to reduce these demands. This study investigated the effect of time elapsed since the last pruner maintenance on the biomechanical demands of the upper extremities during flower-cutting operations. METHODS: Sixteen experienced workers were recruited. All workers performed flower cutting 1, 15, and 30 days after standard pruner maintenance, including cleaning, adjustment, and sharpening...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
Girija Syamlal, Kitty Hendricks, Jacek M Mazurek
OBJECTIVES: Youth on farms are at risk for injuries and illnesses, including asthma, which continues to disproportionately affect minority groups. METHODS: For this study, the 2008 Minority Farm Operator Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (M-CAIS) data were used to estimate the prevalence of asthma among youth aged 0-19 years living on racial minority-operated farms. Youth were considered to have a lifetime diagnosis of asthma based on an affirmative response to the question "Has he/she ever been diagnosed as having asthma by a health professional?" RESULTS: In 2008, of the estimated 37,400 youth (0-19 years) who lived on racial minority operated farms, 11% had asthma...
2018: Journal of Agromedicine
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