Using multiple coding schemes for classification and coding of agricultural injury

Dennis Murphy, Serap Gorucu, Bryan Weichelt, Erika Scott, Mark Purschwitz

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Background: Agricultural safety and health researchers have used a variety of classification and coding schemes to identify and categorize injury, illness, and disease associated with agricultural hazards. This paper demonstrates how the Farm and Agricultural Injury Classification (FAIC) and Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) coding schemes can be used in tandem for all agricultural injuries. Methods: Specific cases from the database were selected to illustrate how the FAIC and OIICS codes can be applied to agricultural injury, and to illustrate limitations that still exist with each coding scheme. Results: Using the FAIC and OIICS together provided a clearer picture of an injury incident by combining more explicit occupational and non-occupational exposures with incident type details in a single table. Conclusions: Both FAIC and OIICS coding schemes depend on sufficient information being available from injury reports. This paper concluded with suggestions for improving coding of agricultural injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-98
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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