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An Overview of the Ohio Migrant Farmworker Safety Needs Assessment

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  . Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 1(4):261-272. (doi: 10.13031/2013.19468) @1995
Authors:   L. K. Isaacs, T. L. Bean
Keywords:   Migrant worker, Safety, Needs assessment

A two-phase safety needs assessment was conducted to provide baseline data on why migrant farmworkers are at a high risk of injury and illness in Ohio. In Phase 1, researchers interviewed 106 migrant farmworkers at clinics, labor camps, and job sites. Information concerning demographics, safety training, and incidence of occupational injury and illness was solicited in both English and Spanish. In Phase 2, a mailed questionnaire was administered to employers in four different agricultural sectors to collect information concerning: operation demographics; implementation of safety preventative measures; and incidence of occupational injury and illness among workers. Findings indicate that the predominately Hispanic migrant farmworkers surveyed are not receiving standardized, adequate safety and health training.

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