New Book Work and Health in Agriculture



Textbook ‘Work and Health in Agriculture’

This book, published in 2022, discusses health and safety problems due to work in agriculture. It comprises 160 pages and is well-illustrated. The book is intended for doctors, nurses, hygienists, community health workers, and medically interested volunteers in primary, community, and occupational health care. The book is useful for experts in farmers’ and workers’ organizations, and for students as well.

Work in agriculture implies many, sometimes severe health hazards. There is an urgent need to provide workers with good-quality health care that deals with occupational health risks. So, the authors discuss both specific agriculture-induced diseases and risk factors, including prevention. General skills to handle occupational health problems are discussed as well. The approach follows the concept of Basic Occupational Health Services (BOHS) as recommended by WHO, ILO, ICOH, WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) and others. The book focusses on conditions in low and middle-income countries.

Maarten Verberk and Frank van Dijk wrote this book collaborating with a team of LDOH experts. Positive comments on the prefinal version have been given by experts from all over the world and their suggested improvements have been introduced.

Corresponding course materials developed by the same authors for interactive education are freely available at Course Materials Work and Health in Agriculture.