Safety and Health Hazards in Small Farming Operations – A pilot study among Hungarian ethnics, in rural Romania
The overall objective of this study is to identify and assess safety and health hazard information in small farming operations among Hungarian ethnics, in rural Romania. This study develops an observation-based methodology for systematically evaluating occupational health and safety hazards in agriculture, by pilot-testing it on 50 small-scale farming operations among Hungarian ethnics, in rural Romania. Each observation will assess a range of safety and health hazards (e.g., musculoskeletal hazards, dust and pollen, noise, and mechanical hazards), as well as factors such as type of work area, presence of personal protective equipment, and weather conditions. Additionally, a self-administered questionnaire will be applied to all farmworkers agreed to participate in the study with the purpose to find out more information about the health status of the participants as well about the potential psychosocial risks related to agricultural activities.