Eye Health and Safety Among Latino Farmworkers
Published Date:Apr 2011
Source:J Agromedicine. 16(2):143-152.
Agricultural Workers' Diseases
Eye Protective Devices
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Transients And Migrants
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3071598
Funding:R01 ES008739/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS/United States
R01 ES008739-14/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS/United States
R01-ES008739/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS/United States
U50OH007542-09/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
Description:Farmworkers face a variety of risk factors for eye injuries. Measures of eye protection use and of eye safety knowledge and beliefs are based on a survey of 300 Latino farmworkers in North Carolina. Few farmworkers report using eye protection (8.3%); most (92.3%) report that employers do not provide eye protection. Approximately 70% report that they are not trained in preventing eye injuries; 81% believe that their chances of getting an eye injury are low. Many farmworkers choose to take risks in order to save time. Interventions are needed that target farmworker knowledge and beliefs about eye safety.
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