Prevention of occupational respiratory symptoms among certified safe farm intervention participants

Kelley J. Donham, Jeff L. Lange, Aaron Kline, Risto Rautiainen, LaMar Grafft

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Abstract

Certified Safe Farm (CSF) is a multifaceted intervention including clinical Occupational and wellness screening, education, and on-farm safety audits with set safety standards, and performance incentives. Five years of respiratory health outcomes are reported in 150 CSF intervention farmers and 158 matched controls. Standardized health interviews and occupational histories were analyzed with descriptive statistics to determine prevalence rates. There was a 100% response rate from the standardized telephone interviews, and respectively a 94% and 89% response rate from the self-administered occupational health history questionnaire for the CSF intervention and the comparison population. The overall rate for occupational respiratory conditions was 17/100 person-years. At baseline there was no difference between the prevalence of respiratory symptoms between the CSF and control groups. However, over the course of the intervention, the CSF farmers increased their use of personal protective respiratory equipment at work, and experienced fewer episodes of acute symptoms of organic dust toxic syndrome (ODTS). The Certified Safe Farm intervention appeared to affect increased use of respiratory protection and decreased symptoms of ODTS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-51
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Poisons
Occupational Health
Dust
Interviews
Safety
Respiratory Rate
Farms
Motivation
Education
Control Groups
Health
Population
Farmers
Surveys and Questionnaires
Personal Protective Equipment

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Hazard
  • Health and safety
  • Pork
  • Respiratory disease
  • Swine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Prevention of occupational respiratory symptoms among certified safe farm intervention participants. / Donham, Kelley J.; Lange, Jeff L.; Kline, Aaron; Rautiainen, Risto; Grafft, LaMar.

In: Journal of Agromedicine, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.01.2011, p. 40-51.

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Donham, Kelley J. ; Lange, Jeff L. ; Kline, Aaron ; Rautiainen, Risto ; Grafft, LaMar. / Prevention of occupational respiratory symptoms among certified safe farm intervention participants. In: Journal of Agromedicine. 2011 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 40-51.
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