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Safety 2016, 2(4), 25; doi:10.3390/safety2040025

Perception of Job-Related Risk, Training, and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among Latino Immigrant Hog CAFO Workers in Missouri: A Pilot Study

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Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 984340 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4340, USA
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Rural Community Workers Alliance, 110 E. 3rd St., Milan, MO 63556-1338, USA
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Academic Editor: Dennis Murphy
Received: 30 June 2016 / Revised: 2 November 2016 / Accepted: 4 November 2016 / Published: 9 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Safety and Health)
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Hog production in the United States is a large industry that has seen dramatic changes over the last few decades. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are growing in number throughout the country. This pilot study explores the perception of risk, receipt of work-related training, provision and usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), and prevention preferences of Latino immigrant hog CAFO workers in Missouri. Forty workers (M age = 36.08 years, SD = 10.04; 92.5% male; 70.0% Mexican) were interviewed. Results indicate that most workers did not perceive their job as dangerous. Limited English proficient workers were significantly less likely to report receiving any work-related training. Although most workers had access to employer provided PPE, usage was inconsistent. As the demographic composition of the farmworker population in the Midwest becomes increasingly comprised of hired immigrant workers, it will be imperative to develop occupational safety and health educational and outreach efforts focused on the needs of these workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigrant farmworkers; animal confinement; swine; health disparities; agricultural health; worker safety; concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) immigrant farmworkers; animal confinement; swine; health disparities; agricultural health; worker safety; concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)
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Ramos, A.K.; Fuentes, A.; Trinidad, N. Perception of Job-Related Risk, Training, and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among Latino Immigrant Hog CAFO Workers in Missouri: A Pilot Study. Safety 2016, 2, 25.

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