ArticleAn Exploration of Hispanic Workers' Perspectives About Risks and Hazards Associated With Orchard WorkKeifer, Matthew MPH, MD; Salazar, Mary K. EdD, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN; Connon, Catherine PhD, RNSection Editor(s): Rao, Satya P. PhD, CHES Author Information From the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Community Medicine (Dr Keifer), and Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing (Drs Salazar and Connon), University of Washington, Seattle. Corresponding author: Matthew Keifer, MPH, MD, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (e-mail: email@example.com). The authors thank the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for funding this study through Grant No. 5 U50 OHO7544-02. Family & Community Health: January-March 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 34-47 doi: 10.1097/01.FCH.0000342815.49649.46 Buy Metrics Abstract Orchard workers are a population at risk for serious and disabling occupational injuries and illnesses. The purpose of this descriptive, exploratory study was to gather information about orchard workers' perceptions and experiences related to their work to better understand factors that contribute to their occupational risk. The sample consisted of 180 Hispanic orchard workers from 3 counties in Washington State; about a third of these reported at least 1 occupational injury. A Likert scale was used to gather workers' perceptions about individual, work-related, and environmental factors that have the potential to contribute to the occurrence of occupational injuries and illnesses. Psychosocial factors emerged as particularly important influences on workers' health and safety. Injured workers were more likely than noninjured workers to feel (1) that they are more likely to be fired, (2) that the “boss cares more about the fruit than the worker,” (3) that their employer was demanding, and (4) that orchard work was dangerous. There is a compelling need to develop and test interventions that address factors that adversely affect orchard workers' health and safety. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.