Compliance with the North American guidelines for children's agricultural tasks (Nagcat) work practice recommendations for youth working with large animals

Lindsey Asti, B. D. Canan, C. Heaney, S. Ashida, K. Renick, H. Xiang, L. Stallones, S. D. Jepsen, J. M. Crawford, III R. Wilkins

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The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) were developed to reduce the risk of childhood agricultural injury. The purpose of this study was to evaluate compliance with NAGCAT-recommended work practices (WPs) when youth work with large animals. On a daily basis, over a period of 10 weeks, youth self-reported the number of minutes they worked with a large animal and whether they followed the associated NAGCAT WP guidelines. Statistical analyses were conducted to compare boys to girls and to consider the effect of factors such as youth age, farm residence status, and selected parental characteristics. A high proportion of youth exhibited relatively low compliance for most of the five WPs evaluated. Respirators were rarely worn, but checking for people and obstacles in the area while working with large animals was commonly reported. In general, boys, especially the older boys, exhibited higher compliance than did girls. The results of our study demonstrate, in general, that youth are not following recommended NAGCAT WPs when working with large animals, identifying an area in agricultural safety and health requiring focused attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-193
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Agricultural health hazards
  • Childhood agricultural injury
  • Children
  • Farm safety
  • Occupational health
  • Personal protective equipment (ppe)
  • Rural health
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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