Occupational Safety and Health of Foreign-Born, Latinx Dairy Workers in Colorado

The US dairy industry, which employs foreign-born, primarily Latinx workers, has a two-fold higher injury rate compared to the national average. Little research has been conducted to understand the factors associated with the occupational safety and health (OSH) among foreign-born, Latinx dairy workers. Structured interviews were conducted with 55 workers to assess a variety of OSH variables, including training experiences, health outcomes, and the psychosocial environment of the dairy. Participants reported a high number of work-related injuries, limited awareness of the risks inherent in dairy work, and the perception that work-related injuries are unpreventable. The psychosocial environment of the dairy was found to have a significant influence on OSH outcomes. In addition to implementing culturally congruent OSH training for all workers, it is imperative to promote strong leadership and communication skills among dairy managers.

Authors: Menger-Ogle LM, Pezzutti F, Menger-Ogle A, Stallones L, Rosecrance J. ; Full Source: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 2018 Oct 10. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001472. [Epub ahead of print]