Special Issue "Agricultural Occupational Health and Occupational Exposure"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 16171
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About half of the human population lives and works in rural areas, mainly engaged in agricultural activities, which expose workers to all the known health and safety risks: pesticides and other chemicals; noise; vibrations; solar radiation; climate changes; organizational factors; and biological, biomechanical, and allergic risks. In addition, the risk of accidents is very relevant, bringing about half of the total fatalities observed every year in the world. Apart from these well-known risks, new risks and diseases are emerging, such as biological risk from vectors, modulated by climate changes, or risks related to new production modalities, such as the cases of peripheral neuropathy observed in pig butchers. The risks can affect particularly vulnerable subgroups, such as seasonal, temporary workers and migrants. Finally, despite this very high exposure to occupational risks, the access of agricultural workers to occupational health care is very limited, with a coverage ranging from zero to 10–15% in the most advanced situations. This situation is mainly linked with the structure of agricultural enterprises, where there is a prevalence of small-sized and family-based enterprises, not seldom located in remote areas and without employees. On the other hand, agriculture produces food using the land. Therefore, in a world where the food demand is growing very quickly, it represents a key activity for the promotion of the health of billion humans. But only healthy and training agricultural workers can produce healthy food without harming the environment.
All these themes will be addressed in this Special Issue. Potential contributors are encouraged to submit original research papers as well as review papers. Contributions on risk assessment, health effects, biological monitoring of exposure, as well as basic occupational health services are very welcome.
Prof. Claudio Colosio
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- occupational risks
- occupational health
- occupational health care
- basic occupational health services