Feasibility Project: Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness among Oregon Farmworkers (PNASH Small Grants 2012-2013)
Complementing our HRI pilot in Washington State, this one-year pilot conducted by Oregon State University (OSU) surveyed a farmworker community in Oregon, collaborating with our UW PNASH HRI project on the computer- based survey instrument.
Development of a Surveillance Strategy to Guide Injury Prevention Efforts in the Washington Commercial Fishing Industry (MAAF, 2011-2013)
Dr. June Spector addressed a pressing information need – surveillance of non-fatal injuries.
Dairy farming requires close contact between people and animals with transmissions that can be a source of zoonotic disease. In this small pilot a multidisciplinary team will survey work practices to provide insight into modifiable risk factors for microbial transmission with implications for the health of workers, dairy cows and the environment in a “One Health” model.
Hmong refugees are increasingly being resettled throughout the U.S., and are frequently engaging in small, family-owned farm operations. This pilot project was important in taking a preliminary, foundational step towards fully investigating agricultural work hazards among refugees operating small-scale farms. Considering the significant challenges that refugees endure during the resettlement process, examining how life circumstances, in particular work, determine health status during this transition is a worthwhile undertaking.
Pilot Project: Study of Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness in Agricultural Workers (NIOSH/CDC 2011-2013)
This two-year pilot, completed in FY2013, successfully generated baseline data and set the stage for future study of the association between potential Heat Related Illness (HRI) risk factors and heat effects as well as the development of interventions to reduce HRI. Heat exposure has been identified as an important cause of non-fatal illness and death in agricultural workers.
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The objectives of this cross-sectional questionnaire study were to: estimate the frequency of injuries among Washington state purse seiners; identify major injury patterns among seiners; characterize the most hazardous tasks and potential methods for intervention among the purse seiner fleet.
Researchers evaluated a Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ accident prevention program implemented by their Yakima regional office in Kittitas, Grant, and Adams counties. The three-year injury prevention program aimed to reduce the frequency and cost of claims that are related to falls from ladders in the orchard and to eye injuries.
Direct assessment of the proportion of teenagers working in agriculture and the percent injured is sparsely reported in the literature and has not been performed in the Northwest United States. This project estimated the proportion of teenage children who work for pay in agriculturally related jobs in a rural town in Washington's Yakima Valley. Secondary goals were to estimate the injury rate among the teenage workers in the sample, to identify the patterns of work in relationship to school, and to characterize the treatment and outcome of these work related injuries.