You might think of farms as peaceful settings. Actually, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Farms have many health and safety hazards, including
- Chemicals and pesticides
- Machinery, tools and equipment that can be dangerous
- Hazardous areas, such as grain bins, silos and wells
- Livestock that can spread diseases or cause injuries
Farming injuries are very common. Physical labor and accidents can cause injuries.
Most farm accidents involve machinery. Proper machine inspection and maintenance can help prevent accidents. Using safety gloves, goggles and other protective equipment can also reduce accidents.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Agricultural Health and Safety (Rural Health Information Hub)
- Agricultural Health Study (National Cancer Institute) Available in Spanish
- Back Pain (National Farm Medicine Center) - PDF
- Dusts and Molds (National Farm Medicine Center) - PDF
- Eye Protection (National Farm Medicine Center) - PDF
- Farm Animals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Farm Safety (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Noise: Keeping It Down on the Farm (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) Available in Spanish
- Tox Town Farm (National Library of Medicine) Available in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Farmers (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: EVALUATING PESTICIDE USE AND SAFETY PRACTICES AMONG FARMWORKERS IN GALLIPOLI...
- Article: The Development of a Readiness Scale for Changing Farmers' Behaviors...
- Article: A Demonstration Project in New York and Virginia: Retrofitting Cost-Effective...
- Farm Health and Safety -- see more articles