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Healthy Workplaces - Employees - Agricultural Workers

Agriculture workers may face higher risks of specific cancers and other health problems. Working on farms, from planting and pesticide application to equipment maintenance, exposes workers to a variety of hazardous substances. Whether working on a small family farm or a large commercial operation, all agriculture workers need to be aware of the risks:

  • CANCER AND CHEMICAL EXPOSURE:
    • Exposure to the mercury released from broken sphygmanometers and thermometers.
    • Potential for exposure to anesthetic gases and other hazardous drugs.
  • RISK FOR INFECTION AND INJURY:
    • Working with ill and injured patients can increase the risk of disease transmission.
    • Handling needles and other medical instruments can increase risk of sharps injury.
    • Exposure to biological and chemical agents on contaminated patients.
  • ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND SKIN IRRITATION:
    • Latex products, such as ordinary exam gloves, can cause allergic reactions.
    • Handling chemicals and products that can cause contact dermatitis.

Preventing Exposure and Lowering Your Risk

  • EDUCATION:
    • Know the proper procedures for the equipment you use and Follow Them!
    • Review the MSDS Sheets for the chemicals and products you work with.
    • Use established infection control procedures to protect yourself and those around you.
  • AWARENESS:
    • Inspect your work area and equipment regularly.
    • Ensure that pharmaceuticals and hazardous substances are properly secured.
    • Report any problems with chemicals or equipment, such as spills or breakdowns, immediately.
  • PROTECTION:
    • Wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for each activity.
    • Ensure your own health with regular physicals and up-to-date vaccinations.

If you don't see your job on these pages, or have additional questions,
call the Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-HELP or
complete this online form. [ Text of Online Form ]


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Healthy Workplaces - Employees - Agricultural Workers

Important
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National Pesticide
Information Center

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OSHA eTool
Youth in
Agriculture

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National Ag
Safety Database

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Chemicals in
Agriculture


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Pesticides
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Solvents


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