Issues of agricultural safety and health

Annu Rev Public Health. 2004;25:225-45. doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.25.101802.123007.


Agricultural work is the most prevalent type of employment in the world. In the United States only a few are engaged in creating food and fiber for many. Agriculture includes farming, ranching, fishing, and forestry, and together they carry significant risk for the development of injury or illness. There are numerous special-population issues related to agriculture. Farmers are old and growing older, many workers are children, and migrant and seasonal help, often foreign born, make up a large percentage of the workforce. It has been only relatively recently that concerns of agricultural safety and health have become a major research focus in the United States.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Agriculture*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Occupational Health*
  • Risk Factors
  • Transients and Migrants
  • Workforce