Worksite Sanitation and Personal Hygiene Practices

Beginning in 1999, as part of a NIOSH-sponsored supplement on occupational health, the NAWS expanded its questions on worksite sanitation and added questions on personal hygiene practices. All supplement questions were asked in 1999-2000; smaller sets of questions were asked in subsequent years. Almost all agricultural workers reported that their current farm employer made drinking water, toilets, and water for washing hands available on a daily basis. Of the small percentage of agricultural workers who reported not using the employer-provided toilets on a daily basis (3% in 1999-2000), eight in ten indicated that the bathroom was 'too far away' to use. In 2001-2002, almost a third (30%) of agricultural workers reported having had to go to the bathroom in the field or open air.

WASHING WATER — Employer provides water to wash hands on a daily basis

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Data Table — Employer provides water to wash hands on a daily basis

Category 99-00 01-02 03-04 05-06 07-08 09-10 11-12 13-14
# % # % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Employer provides water to wash hands on a daily basis6,46092%6,07295%6,27096%3,62297%3,61798%3,59098%2,95798%4,11697%

1 Question was last asked in 2008.

2 Question was asked in 1999 and 2000 only. A dash (“-“) indicates that the question was not asked during the corresponding time period.

3 Question was asked in 1999 through 2001; the 01-02 column contains data for 2001 only.

a Estimates with relative standard errors (RSEs) greater than 30 percent but no more than 50 percent are published but should be used with caution.

b Estimates based on fewer than four responses or with RSEs greater than 50 percent are considered statistically unreliable and are suppressed.

Trend Lines — Employer provides water to wash hands on a daily basis