Elizabeth Mizelle, Lori A Modly, Daniel J Smith
OBJECTIVE: To improve water access while working and contribute to fewer heat-related illnesses (HRI), backpack hydration systems were provided to over 200 farmworkers to use during the 2022 growing season. Acceptability of the water intake intervention was assessed among farmworkers in eastern North Carolina, USA. METHODS: With a pre-established community-university partnership, the acceptability of the intervention was assessed using a cross-sectional survey. The backpack brand selected included a 3-liter water bladder and attached drinking hose...
May 4, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Melissa A Rudolph, Shawn G Ehlers, Glen C Morris
Given the high variability of secondary agricultural teacher background and facility constraints, the instruction of tractor (and similar agricultural machinery) component identification, function, maintenance, and corresponding safety precautions oftentimes prove difficult and/or inconsistent. This study focused on the development and plausible application of quick response codes, commonly referred to as QR codes, placed on a demonstration tractor or machine to be used as a self-guided student learning experience for training the next generation of safe operators...
April 23, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios, Alexa Kort, Alexis J Handal
OBJECTIVES: Farmworkers in Michigan face precarious and exploitative labor conditions that affect their access to affordable, fair, and quality housing, which are key social determinants of health. We sought to assess the health, working conditions, and housing access, affordability, and quality of farmworkers living in and outside of employer-provided housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: We conducted a mixed methods cross-sectional study in collaboration with community partners from the Michigan Farmworker Project and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights...
April 23, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Francisco Alfredo Reyes Rocha, Kathleen Sexsmith
Workplace sexual harassment (WSH) is a systemic problem in agricultural employment. In the United States, where most research on the topic has been conducted, studies have suggested the rate of WSH against women farmworkers may be as high as 95%. Women who are immigrants, younger, have precarious immigration status, and come from indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to WSH. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the factors that contribute to such high rates of WSH in waged employment in the agricultural sector...
April 21, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Ruth Kavanagh, Pauline Douglas, Laura Keaver
BACKGROUND: Irish farmers are adversely affected by noncommunicable diseases. Although there has been an increase in farmer health promotion activities in Ireland, farmers views on lifestyle programs are currently unknown. OBJECTIVES: To qualitatively analyze the impact of the previously mentioned 6-week physical activity and health education intervention on farmer health and to investigate how best to support this cohort moving forward. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted online (two interviews, three focus groups) with fourteen Irish farmers (53...
April 17, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Prakasit Tonchoy, Pannawadee Singkaew, Punyisa Pudpong, Nisarat Auttama
OBJECTIVES: This study examined factors related to perceived health risks in confined spaces (PCSHR) and their correlation with the mental workload among farmers managing agricultural wells in northern Thailand. METHODS: A cross-sectional, multi-stage sample of 356 farmers was selected from four rural districts' agricultural areas. Data were collected through interviews conducted from August to December 2022, using a self-administered structured questionnaire. The five-part questionnaire gathered demographic data, information on experiences and operations in agricultural wells, knowledge of confined spaces, PCSHR, and the six-dimension NASA Task Load Index (TLX) mental workload...
April 15, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Josefa Angelie D Revilla, John Kenneth P Punongbayan, Clarissa M Pesigan, Stephanie Caridad Dr Landicho
OBJECTIVES: Continuous exposure to hand-arm vibration integrated with poor posture and forceful movements are known causes of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In most related studies, force and vibration levels in experimental research is controlled. This study aims to determine how actual hand tractor field operation can affect the upper limb of users. It intends to characterize upper limb muscle activation applied during actual hand tractor usage. Lastly, it determines the immediate impacts on hand strength and perceived upper limb discomfort after the operation...
April 9, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Woo Je Lee, Ki Youn Kim
OBJECTIVES: Korea's aquaculture sector primarily cultivates aquatic life, with fish seed production as a focus. Formalin, a parasiticide, consists of 37% formaldehyde mixed with yellow No. 4 dye. Formaldehyde vaporization poses cancer risks, classified as a carcinogen. Korea regulates formaldehyde as a hazardous substance, requiring workplace environment measurements. Few aquaculture farms have conducted these checks in recent years. In this study, we investigated actual formaldehyde exposure levels among Korean aquaculture workers, highlighting a critical safety concern...
April 5, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Hong Lap Nguyen, Quoc Dat Ngo, Van Chinh Nguyen, Kien Duc Ngo, Vinh Nien Lam, Tran Ngoc Dang, Quang Hien Tran, Tri Dung Phung, Kim Trung Nguyen, Truong Vien Nguyen, Bui Thi Hong Loan, Thien Thuan Tran
OBJECTIVES: Using pesticides in the An Giang province is widespread. However, studies on the health effect of organophosphate pesticide have not been updated within the past 12 years. This study aimed to assess exposure to organophosphate pesticides and their effects on sperm quality among farmers in the An Giang Province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. METHODS: During the winter - spring crop season of December 2021 to February 2022, a cross-sectional study was conducted on farmers aged 18 to 60 years-old based on seven communes' health checkup programs...
April 4, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Amanda J Holmstrom, Gwyn Shelle
OBJECTIVES: Farmers in the United States (U.S.) are exposed to myriad stressors and experience their negative effects, including higher rates of suicide than individuals in some other occupations. However, interventions to address mental health amongst farmers have faced barriers, such as farmers' perceived stigma regarding mental health, time constraints, and geographical isolation. Using text-messaging for intervention delivery may help to address some barriers, as text messages are private, delivered directly to one's phone, and require no travel...
March 31, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Sean Tormoehlen, Josie M Rudolphi
Roadway incidents involving farm equipment is a growing area of concern among agricultural safety and health and public health professionals. The aim of this project was to evaluate the usefulness of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and analyze the number of roadway fatal incidents that involve farm equipment. Data collected from the FARS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was used to summarize roadway incidents involving farm equipment. Cases from five midwestern states were analyzed from January to December 2020 using SPSS...
March 25, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Glen Morris, Shawn Ehlers, Melissa Rudolph, Roger Tormoehlen, William Field
OBJECTIVE: In this combined study, the efficacy of different educational methods in enhancing students' agricultural biosecurity knowledge, which is vital for public health, food security, and agricultural safety, was assessed. METHODS: In-person and virtual learning methods, utilizing educational content developed for the Gearing Up for Safety program, were investigated with 692 total participants. In the in-person learning method, 459 students aged 12-20 received a 50-minute in-person training session using the Gearing Up for Safety lesson on agricultural biosecurity...
March 19, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Joshua Martin, Tyler Seward, Dino Mintas, Russell Wanke
The agriculture industry lacks novel techniques for analyzing risks facing its workers. Although injuries are common in this field, existing datasets and tools are insufficient for risk assessment and mitigation for two primary reasons: they provide neither immediate nor long-term risk mitigation advice, and they do not account for hazards which fluctuate daily. The purpose of Demeter is to collect safety data about hazards on farms and produce risk analysis and mitigation reports. This application uses a combination of formula-based risk calculations and state-of-the-art graph neural networks (GNNs) to perform risk analysis and reduction...
March 8, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Heidi Knecht, Jo Anne G Balanay, Ricky Langley, Robin Tutor Marcom, Stephanie L Richards
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study on the forestry and logging workforce are to: 1) Analyze causes of injuries/fatalities to inform future intervention studies focused on risk mitigation, 2) determine whether there are any trends or associations between work-related risk factors and workplace injuries/fatalities over a 16-year period (2003-2019), and 3) identify knowledge gaps related to injuries and fatalities for future studies to address. METHODS: Data on fatalities, injuries, and illnesses of the forestry and logging workforce from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics were analyzed...
March 6, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Mohammad Mohammadrezaei, David Meredith, John McNamara
OBJECTIVE: Generation of reliable data underpins the effectiveness of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) surveillance systems. Despite the importance of understanding OHS data systems, there are few papers that provide overviews of their structure and/or content. This paper introduces a basic framework for assessing OHS data systems that will be of use to researchers internationally. We applied this approach to assess the Irish OHS data system by undertaking a data mapping exercise...
February 21, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Erika Scott, Bryan Weichelt, Jennifer Lincoln
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February 18, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Taylor J Arnold, Sara A Quandt, Thomas A Arcury, Jennifer W Talton, Joanne C Sandberg, Stephanie S Daniel
BACKGROUND: Limited research has examined the health implications for youth working in United States tobacco production. Agricultural labor is hazardous, yet youth are legally permitted to be hired as farmworkers. Many youth farmworkers are members of the vulnerable Latino farmworker community. In North Carolina, youth work in many agricultural crops including tobacco. METHODS: A sample of 152 Latino youth farmworkers ages 12-20 years ( M  = 16...
February 9, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Barbara C Lee
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February 7, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
Mian Muhammad Sajid Raza, Sihan Li, Salah F Issa
OBJECTIVES: Agriculture is the one of the hazardous industries in the world. Though there is significant investment in agricultural safety, machine injuries continue to be the leading cause of agriculture injuries worldwide. The objective of this study was to provide a comprehensive literature review on global patterns in agricultural machine injuries and establish a framework for future research aimed at addressing safety concerns in the agriculture sector. METHODS: The existing scholarship on farm machine injuries can be categorized into three main areas: a) farming machine/equipment injuries, b) factors associated with these injuries, and c) injury patterns...
February 2, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
S Dee Jepsen, Andrea Costin, Jed Bookman, Gail Kaye
BACKGROUND: Agriculture is a hazardous industry with undocumented injury events. Credible surveillance measures are critical for this industry, especially to guide injury prevention programs with targeted recommendations for specific commodity groups and populations. This multi-phase study explored the feasibility for two state agency databases, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Program and the Emergency Medical Services Incident Reporting System (EMSIRS), to augment the state's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual reports...
January 30, 2024: Journal of Agromedicine
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