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Resources by Topic: Agricultural health and safety

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017
Provides standardized guidelines for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue operators and exhibitors, farmers, visitors, and those concerned with minimizing health risks from contact with animals. Describes risks from infections such as enteric diseases, rabies, influenza, and others.
Author(s): Russell F. Daly, Jennifer House, Danielle Stanek, Mary Grace Stobierski
Location: Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, 251(11), 1268-1292
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Animal Contact Compendium Committee
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NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Impact Report
Highlights progress made toward reducing the impact of environmentally induced diseases on children. Includes examples of how exposure to pollutants in rural areas could make children's asthma worse or increase the chances of autism spectrum disorder in children of mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Pulmonary Health in Rural America: Cause and Impact of Work-Related Lung Diseases
Provides an overview of occupational lung diseases that impact rural areas related to agriculture, mining, healthcare, and other industries. Discusses asthma, lung cancer, Black Lung, and other work-related lung diseases. Includes information on prevention strategies, and highlights a personal protective equipment (PPE) management program at a rural Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Agricultural Health and Safety Rural Health Chat
Summary of an August 2017 Twitter chat focused on agricultural health and safety. Documents a conversation among rural health experts addressing a range of topics, including health and safety risks related to agriculture and ranching, the role of the rural healthcare system and emergency responders, resources to address ag health and safety concerns, and innovative solutions.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Insurance is Key to Farm & Ranch Economic Viability - 2017 National Farmer and Rancher Survey Findings
Details the results of a national farmer and rancher survey regarding health insurance coverage and its importance to health of agricultural workers and their families. Discusses the impact of health insurance coverage and cost on the agricultural economy.
Author(s): Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Katlyn Morris, et al.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HIREDnAg
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Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U.S.
A fact sheet providing childhood agricultural injuries data and trends in the U.S. Includes a list of organizations that offer injury prevention strategies and resources.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Respirator Use among U.S. Farm Operators with Asthma: Results from the 2011 Farm and Ranch Safety Survey
Details a study on respirator use by farm workers with work-induced asthma based on the 2011 Farm and Ranch Safety Survey. Analyzes data based on type of farm/ranch, acreage, and individual farm-worker characteristics, such as age, marital status, and smoking status, among others.
Author(s): Megan L. Casey, Jacek M. Mazurek
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 22(2), 78-88
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Heat Strain, Volume Depletion and Kidney Function in California Agricultural Workers
Presents a study of agricultural workers in California on the long-term health outcomes of working while being continually exposed to high temperatures. Discusses the complications that stem from repeated heat strain and volume depletion, such as acute kidney injury (AKI). Breaks down data by laborers country of origin, gender, and history of kidney disease, among other factors.
Author(s): Sally Moyce, Diane Mitchell, Tracey Armitage, et al.
Location: Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 74, 402-409
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Use of Dieselized Farm Equipment and Incident Lung Cancer: Findings from the Agricultural Health Study Cohort
Discusses a study on the correlation between lung cancer and exposure to diesel exhaust in agricultural environments. Breaks down data by diesel and gasoline exhaust, length of exposure, and looks at the rates of cancer of both farmers and their spouses. Data based on questionnaires returned in 1993-1997 and draws from cancer registries up to 2011.
Author(s): Séverine Tual, Debra T. Silverman, Stella Koutros, et al.
Location: Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5), 611-618
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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Heat Illness Among North Carolina Latino Farmworkers
An analysis describing the prevalence of heat illness and other factors associated with heat illness resulting from a survey of North Carolina Latino male farmworkers.
Author(s): Thomas A. Arcury, Phillip Summers, Jennifer W. Talton, et al.
Location: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(12), 1299-1304
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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