oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - Occupational health and safety programmes for crop farm workers in the Mangaung municipal district, Free State

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The occupational hygiene of South African farm workers have been largely neglected because of the emphasis specifically put on the industrial environment. The aim of the study was to compile an applicable occupational hygiene programme for Mangaung crop farm workers. Twenty-five farms were selected and a list that included the farm activities, number of workers and work hours was completed. A hazard identification risk assessment (HIRA) was compiled and completed to rate the identified health and safety risks. Eleven "high" risks, seven "moderate" risks and only one "low" risk were identified with the HIRA. An applicable overall occupational hygiene programme was compiled and may thus now be implemented with applicable education and training.

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