Last updated on July 22nd, 2021 at 02:11 pm
Most of us take for granted that our lungs are going to do their job. We can get out of bed in the morning and take those first deep breaths without thinking. But it really is a gift. Protecting your lungs from farm work-related exposures is essential to your long-term health and your ability to keep doing the work you love.
Once you recognize the hazards, your next step is to either modify the job to remove them or to wear the correct personal protective equipment. Identify locations where you might breathe in grain dust or have exposure to aerosol in a confined space. Aerosol is the term for solid particles or liquid droplets in the air; aerosol might look invisible, or like a gas, mist, or fog.
Once you start to recognize the hazards, your next step is to either modify the job or find the right personal protective equipment. Since many farm jobs require contact with respiratory hazards, personal protective equipment is the remaining option.
When choosing respiratory protection, there are two main points to remember:
- Make sure the respirator or face mask is NIOSH approved.
- Make sure respiratory protection matches the hazard/ is correct for the job.
Respiratory Health Resources
Fact Sheets and Guides
- AgriSafe Decision Guide
- AgriSafe Rainbow Guide
- Gas Monitors for Agriculture
- Knowing the Difference: Fit Test vs. User Seal Check
- Manure Storage Pit Dangers: Identifying Hazardous Gases
- How to Comply with the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides: What Owners and Employers Need to Know
- Worker Protection Standards for Agricultural Establishments
- Allergic and Non-allergic Respiratory Disease in Farmers
- Confined Space – Grain Bin Entry
- Respiratory Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities
- Respiratory Protection Issues in Agriculture – What to Wear & Does It Fit?
- Respiratory Protection Program Adapted to Grain Handling Operations
- Understanding Agricultural Respiratory Hazards and Respirator Selection
Page updated: July 2021