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Eye Safety Program for Citrus Workers


Host Institution
University of South Florida: Florida Prevention Research Center

Health Topics
Immigrant, refugee, and migrant health | Occupational safety

Researchers, a local community board, and the Farmworker Association of Florida collaborated in identifying eye safety as a priority health issue among Florida citrus workers. About 500 of these workers, of whom 80 percent of whom are Hispanic and 15 percent Haitian, provided input on ways to prevent eye injuries and chemical irritation. Based on public health research and employee input, several strategies are being developed to promote eye safety among the workers. These strategies include conducting educational activities, advocating for legislative changes, promoting professional training, distributing informational materials, and promoting the use of protective eyewear. Researchers are examining the factors that support or inhibit the use of protective eyewear, while community members are pretesting safety glasses in the citrus groves and providing feedback on existing educational materials.
Research Setting
Race or Ethnicity
Black or African American | Hispanic or Latino
No specific focus
Age Group
No specific focus
Related Story of Prevention Research
Citrus Workers Focus on Eye Safety

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Principal Investigator
Carol Bryant

Project Identifier
Core Project (1998-2004)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active