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Resources by Topic: Occupational health and safety

Healthy Farmers, Prosperous Farms Video
Presents a video discussing the importance of health insurance in maintaining access to healthcare for farmers and their families. Details the rates of injuries for farmers and the risks that operating a farm without health insurance can pose to both the farmers themselves and their business.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Maryland Council
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Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis–Attributable Years of Potential Life Lost to Life Expectancy and Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years — United States, 1999–2016
Examines trends in premature mortality attributed to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), a preventable occupational lung disease caused by inhaling coal mine dust, based on an analysis of underlying causes of death data from 1999 to 2016.
Author(s): Jacek M. Mazurek, John Wood, David J. Blackley, David N. Weissman
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(30), 819-824
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Self-Reported Occupational Injuries and Perceived Occupational Health Problems among Latino Immigrant Swine Confinement Workers in Missouri
Describes self-reported occupational injuries and perceived occupational health problems among Latino immigrants working in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Missouri. Includes statistics on occupational injuries; health status; healthcare access; and demographics, such as age, education, English language proficiency, marital status, length of employment, and more.
Author(s): Athena K. Ramos, Axel Fuentes, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018, 8710901
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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A Task-based Analysis of Black Carbon Exposure in Iowa Farmers During Harvest
Reports on a study that measures black carbon concentrations as an indicator for diesel exhaust exposure in farmers over a 20-day period during the harvest season in Southeast Iowa. The intent of the study is to determine the frequency and levels of exposure to black carbon associated with diesel-related activities, and if these levels were above concentrations found in urban environments.
Author(s): Emma M. Stapleton, Patrick T. O’Shaughnessy, Sarah J. Locke, Ralph W. Altmaier, Jonathan N. Hofmann, et al.
Citation: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15(4), 293–304
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Piece Rate Pay and Worker Identity: How Power in the Fields Impacts Worker Health
Reports on a study of heat-related illness among California farmworkers. Identifies barriers to self-care.
Author(s): Gail Wadsworth, Michael Courville, Marc Schenker
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Institute for Rural Studies
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Migrant Farmworkers' Perceptions of Pesticide Risk Exposure in Adams County, Pennsylvania: A Cultural Risk Assessment
Presents a study on the perceived environmental health risk of migrant farmworkers in rural Pennsylvania. Discusses the ways different cultures perceive risk and the socioeconomic status of the participants as factors in the study's conclusions.
Author(s): Micaela Edelson, Salma Monani, Rutherford V. Platt
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(1), 71-96
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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COPD & Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan
Video of rural health experts discussing the challenges, opportunities, and resources related to the COPD National Action Plan's 5 goals. Presentations feature data including county-level maps on prevalence of COPD and death rates.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
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New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients
Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U.S.
Fact sheet compares the rates of fatal childhood agricultural injuries with those of other industries. Discusses nonfatal childhood agricultural injuries, as well.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Tuberculosis
Provides information and statistics about tuberculosis in the U.S., globally, and specifically among migrant agricultural workers. Discusses symptoms, treatment, and risk factors.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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