This webinar will explain and examine risk factors for agricultural injury. According to the World Health Organization, a risk factor is any attribute, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury. The agricultural industry poses many risk factors on an individual's health. Knowledge about risk factor prevention is extremely important in the prevention of injuries and illnesses within the agricultural community.
At the close of the session, participants will be able to:
- Identify a 'risk factor'
- Understand how risk factors are identified in research studies
- Differentiate between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
- Describe risk factors for agricultural injury
- Use knowledge of risk factors for prevention
Risto Rautiainen, MS, PhD
Director, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Rautiainen's educational background includes an MS in agriculture and PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health. He previously served as Safety Agronomist and Head of the Occupational Safety Department of the Finnish Farmers' Social Insurance Institution. He later joined The University of Iowa, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) as Center Coordinator, Associate Director for Outreach and as Deputy Director. Since 2009, he has worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He currently directs the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) and chairs the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Surveillance working group for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. His research interests include injury surveillance, prevention, education, outreach, and evaluation.