How to protect yourself from respiratory hazards
Many farming situations present respiratory health hazards to farm workers. In fact, high percentages of farm workers may risk this type of health problem. For example, exposure to various respiratory hazards has been linked to coughs and the presence of sputum (with or without airflow obstructions) in 20 to 90 percent of farm workers and families, depending on the type of exposure. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis have been observed in as many as 50 percent of swine confinement workers and grain handlers. Yet with a few precautions and an understanding of respiratory dangers, these hazards can be minimized or even eliminated. This publication discusses some respiratory hazards common to farming and the equipment that can reduce the threat to farm workers.
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