Needs Assessment of Employers in Swine Production Facilities Regarding Employee Health and Safety
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
The pork production industry has increasing numbers of large producers using cost saving technologies which have the potential to pose health and safety hazards for employees working in these environments. The purpose of this study was to examine the needs of hog production employers related to providing a safe and healthy environment for employees, complying with federal and state health and safety regulations, and sources of outside assistance which are most helpful to these employers. A
... e employers. A mailed survey assessing variables associated with demographics of producers, injury and illness experience, and strategies used in the prevention of injuries and illness, was sent to subscribers of National Hog Farmer magazine. In all operations and those with 10 or more employees, producers were most concerned about employees experiencing back/neck injury and slips or falls. Moving and handling animals was the most frequently reported task associated with injury or illness. Veterinarians and pork industry magazines were reported as the most useful sources of employee health and safety information for all producers. Producers report a need for training materials on first aid, animal handling and care techniques, air quality monitoring, and lung function testing for employees. Employee health and safety protection is part of doing business. This study provides important information for individuals and institutions promoting employee health and safety in the pork production industry.