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Respiratory Health Maintenance Program for Farmers

There are many hazards on the farm that may produce effects on the respiratory system (lungs) of farmers or their family members. These respiratory hazards may result in minor, short term illness or symptoms, permanent disability, or death. With awareness of the risks and prevention, these injuries and illnesses are preventable.

What is the Respiratory Health Maintenance Program for Farmers?

The program is an educational and respiratory screening service for farmers and their families that is delivered by professionally trained staff in the local community.

The goals of the program are to:
  • increase the awareness of the health and safety risks associated with respiratory hazards on the farm,
  • identify effective methods of reducing exposure to respiratory hazards on the farm such as alternate work practices and the use and selection of respirators,
  • identify farmers who have or are at risk for developing respiratory disease associated with exposure to respiratory hazards, and
  • refer farmers who have an abnormal respiratory test to their family physician.

Who is eligible for the program?

All adult members of the Agricultural Health and Safety Network may attend the program in their community.

What will happen when I attend a program?

The Respiratory Health Maintenance Program involves a lung function test. Each participant:
  • completes a respiratory health questionnaire,
  • has their blood pressure measured,
  • performs a lung function test,
  • has the results interpreted,
  • receives personalized health teaching and resource materials,
  • receives a copy of their lung test, and
  • when necessary is referred for follow-up to their physician.