Delaware Healthy Workplaces
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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