The Girasoles Study

Trends in global warming place vulnerable agricultural workers at increased risk for heat-related illness (HRI). Agricultural workers are highly susceptible to heat stress, given occupational exposure to hot, humid environments. The average heat-related death rate for agricultural workers is nearly 20 times greater than for the overall U.S. workforce.

The purpose of the Girasoles (sunflower) study is to: 

1. Characterize worker exposure to heat related hazards and work activity characteristics of fernery, crop, and nursery workers in Central Florida

2. Characterize the physiologic heat stress response and worker vulnerability to heat exposures among fernery, crop, and nursery workers in Central Florida; and

3. Determine the extent to which heat related hazards and worker vulnerability influence heat stress response among fernery, crop, and nursery workers in Central Florida.

This work provides critical information regarding the heat-related hazards of agricultural work and supports the development of interventions to decrease the risks of HRI associated with the work environment of farmworkers.

This work is conducted in partnership with the Farmworkers Association of Florida whose mission is to build power among farmworker and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, workplace, economic, health, and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.

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