The overall goal of this 5-year research project is to improve the occupational safety and health of Latino farmworkers by reducing job-level and work organization-related hazards in horse breeding. This project is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health as part of a grant to the University of Kentucky Southeastern Center for Agriculture Health and Injury Prevention Center.
The research study has four primary aims:
- Identification of the job hazards and work organization factors inherent within horsebreeding;
- Systematic demographic description of Latino workers employed on horse breeding farms in Kentucky, the types of illness, injuries and near miss incidents that are experienced by this worker population, and the circumstances associated with these incidents;
- Determination of how work organization factors may increase exposure to and interact with these job hazards as well as occupational illness, injury and near misses among Latino workers; and
- Development and dissemination of educational safety and health materials for horse farm owners/managers and Latino workers on horse farms.
The study is using qualitative and quantitative research methods, a community-based participatory philosophy and innovative research strategies to engage a hard-to-reach vulnerable worker population.