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Partnership Increases Capacity in Agricultural Safety on the Navajo Nation

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing


Shiprock Agency. Photo © Thinkstock.

Farming and ranching are important to the livelihood and culture of the Navajo Nation. Nearly all families living on the 27, 000 square mile reservation are involved in agriculture.1 Many of them use traditional farming practices that do not include powered machinery. However, an increasing number of farmers are changing to cash crops and larger-scale farming, which require tractors and other equipment. Also, more ranchers are raising cattle rather than sheep, a shift from traditional Navajo ranching.1 As Navajo farmers and ranchers take on new agricultural activities, it is important that they receive training on safe handling of potentially dangerous equipment and livestock.

Protect Yourself at Work: A Series of Print and Video Materials for Spanish-speaking Immigrant Workers

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Communication, Construction, Occupational Health Equity, Service Sector


Recently, NIOSH released a series of multi-media communication products for organizations that serve Spanish-speaking immigrant workers entitled Protéjase en el trabajo (Protect yourself at work). This series of products is a result of a multi-faceted project that includes 1) a partnership between NIOSH and the Mexican Consulates in the U.S. and 2) the development of illustrated materials for workers created through community outreach, engagement and input. The series includes 4 booklets/brochures, 2 posters, and 5 testimonial videos. The purpose of these materials is to provide evidence-based information to raise awareness about potential occupational safety and health issues and encourage workers to seek assistance for work-related questions or concerns. These new products are not meant to take the place of existing training and educational materials or intended to replace industry guidance and training, but instead serve as another venue to provide education and knowledge to these workers.

Improving the Safety and Health of Bison Handlers

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, NIOSH-funded Research


bisonRecent media reports of bison injuring visitors at Yellowstone National Park have raised public awareness of the hazards of interacting with bison. Those who work with these animals face unique risks. Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, weighing in at about 1,000-2,000 pounds.1 They can run 35 miles per hour and pivot quickly.1 They have not been bred for docility like livestock and are known to attack humans if provoked. These and other factors make working with bison hazardous.

Respiratory Hazards for Latino Horse Farm Workers

Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, NIOSH-funded Research, Respiratory Health

With the upcoming Belmont Stakes and the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, all eyes are on the world of horse racing. These races are the culmination of years of work far from the glory of the grand stage of horse racing. What is not seen on this grand stage is that there are many workplace safety and health risks faced by the workers who help get the horses to this level of competition. A recent article in the  American Journal of Industrial Medicine,Individual and Occupational Characteristics Associated with Respiratory Symptoms among Latino Horse Farm Workers”, documents these hazards. Key points of the article are summarized below. 

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