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J Agromedicine. 2011 Apr;16(2):143-52. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2011.554772.

Eye health and safety among Latino farmworkers.

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Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. a_verma@uncg.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
21462026
PMCID:
PMC3071598
DOI:
10.1080/1059924X.2011.554772
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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