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Title: Perceptions of environmental and occupational health hazards among agricultural workers in Washington State.
Authors: Hofmann JN,  Crowe J,  Postma J,  Ybarra V,  Keifer MC
Journal: AAOHN J
Date: 2009 Sep
Branches: OEEB
PubMed ID: 19715263
PMC ID: PMC2882378
Abstract: This study describes agricultural workers' perceptions of environmental and occupational health issues. Interviews were conducted with 389 agricultural workers in the Yakima Valley of central Washington State in the summers of 2004 and 2005. Undergraduate students from the community conducted interviews in Spanish or English. Environmental and occupational health issues were ranked by frequency of concern, and differences by demographics were evaluated using multivariate analyses. In both 2004 and 2005, agricultural workers expressed high levels of concern about working in hot weather, agricultural injuries, pesticides, and pediatric asthma. Agricultural workers' perceptions of environmental and occupational health issues differed by specific demographics, particularly age and ethnicity. Consideration should be given to these issues when designing research studies, creating educational materials, and developing interventions related to environmental and occupational hazards among agricultural workers.