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Roh: Work-related diseases of agricultural workers in South Korea


Agricultural work involves many health hazards, and these can induce related health problems. However, because of low public concern and insufficient political support in the South Korean agricultural sector, agricultural health and safety is facing a serious crisis. The common work-related diseases of agricultural workers are the work-related musculoskeletal diseases like osteoarthritis of the hip and low back pain, skin diseases, pesticide poisoning, infectious and respiratory diseases, and the health effects of exposure to physical agents. For the most part, these health problems are related directly to agriculture work. Given the paucity of research into agricultural practices in Korea in general, there is little information about agricultural health and safety conditions in particular. To protect agricultural worker health and prevent the hazards related to farm work, comprehensive approaches are needed in rural areas.

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Occupational health hazards and outcomes of agricultural workers

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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