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High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety

HICAHS is dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of those working in the agriculture, and forestry industries. We are composed of a multi-disciplinary team that researches topics such as mechanical hazards, tractor roll-overs, musculoskeletal stress, respiratory disease and traumatic injury.
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Additional project funding!

Through a competitive award process, HICAHS researchers Dr. Stephen Reynolds and Dr. Joshua Schaeffer have been awarded funding for their project "Evaluation and Effectiveness of a Nasal Rinse Intervention to Reduce the Pro-Inflammatory Response in Dairy Workers Exposed to Bioaersols". The award is a supplement to our current five-year grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and will be funded until mid-September 2021.

Building on past reserach that characterized the types and sizes of bioaersols on dairy farms, the project will further investigate the use of a nasal rise as a method for preventing respiratory inflammation in dairy workers. Specifically, it will investigate the effect of hypertonic saline on reducing nasal inflammation. The project aims to develop a low-cost, easy to use nasal rinse intervention to be administered before and after a work shift.

Agricultural bioaersol reserach primarily focuses on small particles, believing that the desposition of these particles deep in the respiratory tract is of greatest concern for overall respiratory health. This intervention would specifically protect the nasal passage, an exposure route of growing signifcance. 


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