We are pleased to announce that Quiet Communities will be presenting at this 2018 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (San Diego, November 10-14, 2018). Presenting research at this conference is intended to raise awareness of the risks to occupational and public health posed by modern landscape maintenance practices.
Three presentations will be made.
- Health Dangers Facing Immigrant Laborers in the Landscaping Industry will be presented orally at a Roundtable session on November 14th. The commercial landscape industry is the largest employer of foreign, non-agricultural workers and a major user of the H-2B visa program. Regular use of powerful gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment exposes them continual contact with noise, pollution, toxic solvents, and equipment vibration. This research will characterize the worker population and describe the occupational health hazards from gas-powered equipment.
- Landscape Maintenance Equipment Emissions and Children’s Health will be presented in the poster session. This research focuses on the nature and levels of emissions from gas-powered landscaping equipment, the dangers posed by close proximity use, and the potential impacts on the health of children.
- Gas-Powered Landscape Maintenance Equipment: Noise and Health will also be presented in the poster session. Information on gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment as a source of environmental noise is widely scattered. This research brings together the existing scientific evidence on the characteristics of noise from landscape equipment and discusses the potential impacts on the health of workers and the public.
Recognition of these topics by the American Public Health Association comes at a time when federal agencies and other health and environmental organizations are also turning attention serious attention to the hazards of modern landscape maintenance practices. For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a blog on the health risks for workers from landscape equipment noise. Within CDC, the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety will be initiating research on the hazards for landscaping workers from equipment noise and emissions.