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) Also in Spanish
- Animal Feeding Operations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- 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)
- Keeping Noise Down on the Farm (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) Also in Spanish
- Tox Town Farm (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Water Contamination (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Farmers (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Nanotechnology in agriculture: Opportunities, toxicological implications, and occupational risks.
- Article: Environmental and Behavioral Drivers of Buruli Ulcer Disease in Selected...
- Article: Pesticide Knowledge and Safety Practices among Farm Workers in Kuwait:...
- Farm Health and Safety -- see more articles