Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | October 11, 2012

Agricultural Health & Safety Trivia II – Answers

  • What are three hazards that farmers and ranchers often face on the job?

Farmers and ranchers face numerous hazards on a daily basis due to the nature of agricultural settings. Workers are frequently exposed to various substances including pesticides and other chemicals, dust, zoological diseases and waste, toxic gases and more. In addition to the risks of potentially harmful substances, farmers and ranchers also face hazards when working with machinery and equipment, exposure to the elements when working outdoors, and working around excessively noisy environments.

  • Name two health conditions that are common among agricultural workers…

Some of the most common health conditions among agricultural workers include cardiovascular disease, hearing loss, respiratory conditions, skin cancer, and arthritis. Hazards and risk factors go hand in hand in increasing the possibility for injury and illness. Understanding one’s risk, potential hazards and health conditions, and following safety guidelines are all important steps in preventing a variety of health conditions.

  • What weather-related illnesses might farmers and ranchers face while outdoors?

In addition to the risks of excessive sun exposure (which is an issue regardless of the season), there are serious weather-related illnesses to be aware of. Illness can occur in all kinds of weather, and two main types include heat-related illness and cold weather illness. In the heat-related category, common illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and fainting. Common illnesses within the cold weather category include hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot.

  • List three types of personal protective equipment (PPE)…

The great thing about personal protective equipment is that it comes in all shapes and types, for all kinds of tasks, machinery and weather conditions, and its adaptability thanks to new technologies. The typical hurdles of PPE is fully understanding the equipment and the risks of the task it was designed for in the first place, and then implementing PPE. Personal Protective Equipment includes protective clothing (for all weather types), non-slip shoes and gloves, ear protection, goggles, helmets and hats, dust masks and respirators, roll-over protective structures (ROPS) for tractors, and much more.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– OSHA Fact Sheet: Farm Safety. (2005). http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/FarmFactS2.pdf.

Preventing Cold-Related Illness in Agricultural Workers. Wyoming AgrAbility.  http://www.uwyo.edu/agrability/fact_sheets/preventing_cold.pdf.

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Heat Stress. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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