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Multidisciplinary Network to Address Agriculture Worker Health and Safety Issues

The goal of this project is to develop a functional, multidisciplinary Network to address occupational health and safety issues among livestock workers. This broad, cross-disciplinary Network will build on the group’s diversity of skills, experiences, and knowledge in order to translate research, deliver education, and act as a surveillance stream for emerging occupational health and safety concerns in livestock production. …

Surveillance for Zoonotic Diseases in Agricultural Workers in Minnesota

Dates: 2012 – current Diseases shared by humans and animals are more likely to affect agricultural workers and their families than other Minnesotans. These types of diseases are called zoonoses and some examples are E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Cryptosporidium. Currently, information is lacking on exactly how frequent these infections are …

Surveillance of Disease and Injury in Wisconsin Dairy Farmers and Workers

This surveillance project focuses on injuries and illnesses in Wisconsin dairy farmers and workers, with particular emphasis on changes in the dairy industry and the effect these changes have on injury and illness patterns. The goal is to establish an active surveillance process using a recurring survey in order to inform policy and guide interventions designed to reduce the overall burden of injury and illness on this population. …

MRSA Colonization and Infection in Swine Veterinarians

The overall objective of this study is to analyze long term patterns of S. aureus colonization and infection of swine veterinarians. The study will include both methicillin resistant (MRSA) and methicillin susceptible (MSSA) strains of S. aureus, which will be typed to determine whether they are livestock associated strains. …

Occupational Hazards in Pork Production Associated with Production Practices

The overall objective of this project is to determine how different practices implemented by farmers when raising hogs impact the working environment and exposure to workers. The focus of this project is to characterize risks to pork production workers associated with two main occupational health issues: injuries and airborne exposures in the working environment. …

Seguridad en Las Lecherias: Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety

The Seguridad en las lecherias project will employ a popular education model that builds on experiential learning approaches relevant to the everyday lives of workers. The goal of this project is to bridge the gap in worker health and safety training in dairy production, by testing a culturally appropriate, occupational safety and health intervention to reduce worksite hazards and to improve knowledge and practices among immigrant dairy workers in Wisconsin. …