Title

Endotoxins in Agricultural and Landscape Industries: Analyzing the Need for a Worker Endotoxin Exposure Training Program

Date of Award

11-24-2008

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Joyce Anderson

Keywords

endotoxin training; endotoxins in agricultural industries; endotoxins in landscape industries; worker endotoxin exposure training program

Abstract

Airborne endotoxins in the environment can pose serious risks to the health and safety of agricultural and landscape industry workers. Limitations in regulations specific to endotoxin exposure and variations in environmental and occupational factors contribute to the difficulties employers face in determining best practices for exposure awareness and control measures. As a result, workers continue to be exposed to harmful conditions due to airborne endotoxins. This Applied Capstone Project provides employers with an opportunity to benefit from implementing a worker endotoxin exposure training program and following several recommendations for increasing endotoxin exposure awareness based on analyses of relative case studies, an employer interview, and the administration of endotoxin exposure questionnaires.

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