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Resources by Topic: Occupational 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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Occupational Exposure to Vapor-Gas, Dust, and Fumes in a Cohort of Rural Adults in Iowa Compared with a Cohort of Urban Adults
Examines differences in occupational exposure to vapor-gas, dust, and fumes in rural and urban areas. The rural population studied included both current and former farmers, and those who never farmed, thereby providing insights related to non-agriculture occupational exposure to airborne pollutants in rural areas.
Author(s): Brent C. Doney, Paul K. Henneberger, Michael J. Humann, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(21), 1-5
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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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Lights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Above All Do No Harm
Explores traditional reasons for EMS to use lights and sirens (L&S), with statistics and data from 2015 on 911 call incidents response and patient transport to medical facilities, with breakdowns by rural, suburban, urban, and wilderness locations. Also contains literature review of L&S-related articles from scholarly and non-peer reviewed journals.
Author(s): Douglas F. Kupas
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Utilization, and Health Outcomes within the Context of Marcellus Shale Development
A discussion of the public health impacts of the Marcellus Shale natural gas well development in four Pennsylvania counties. Includes comparisons of health insurance coverage rates and availability; the burden of increased utilization of healthcare facilities and services; and health outcomes as they relate to the environmental effects of natural gas extraction.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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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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