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Recognizing National Farm Safety and Health Week

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that in 2018 there were 574 fatalities in the agricultural sector. That’s why every year during the third week of September we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety will be putting on several free webinars during the week of September 20th-25th in accordance with their “Every Farmer Counts” theme. You can participate in these free webinars during  National Farm Safety Week. Here are the topics that will be covered throughout the week. 

 

MONDAY

Planting the Seeds of Tractor and Machinery Safety

Traditionally the leading cause of injuries on and around farms is usually tractor or machinery related. Tune into this free webinar on Monday, September 21st from 12-1PM as Dr. Aaron Yoder covers the basic hazards associated with agricultural tractors and machinery and how to prevent injuries from these hazards. You can register for this free webinar here.

TUESDAY

Lessons Learned in Covid-19 Prevention Efforts among Agriculture Workers and Employers

Several presenters will tackle the unique challenges COVID-19 presents and share ways to prevent and control the spread of the virus. The CDC Covid-19 prevention guidance for agriculture will also be shared to assist employers in adopting recommendations to protect workers. Tune into this free webinar on Tuesday, September 22nd from 12-1:30PM. You can register for this free webinar here.

Mental Health Innovations in Ag Communities

A panel of presenters will explore the development of a farmer specific hotline, the efforts of a state department of agriculture, and suggested strategies to address a central objective to meet the mental health needs of ALL agricultural producers and their families. Tune into this free webinar on Tuesday, September 22nd from 2-3PM. You can register for this free webinar here.

WEDNESDAY

Building a Toolkit for Child Ag Safety and Health 

Melissa Ploeckelmman, National Farm Medicine Center Outreach Specialist will discuss child agricultural safety and health. This free webinar aims at teaching the benefits, risks and hazards of living, working and playing on farms. Tune into this webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd from 1-2PM. You can register for this free webinar here.

Teach Your Way: Open Source Ag Health and Safety Curriculum

This webinar will be presented by Knesha Rose-Davidson the Public Health Program Director with AgriSafe Network. Tune into this webinar from 3-4PM on Wednesday, September 23rd to learn how to access AgriSafe’s fee online trainings for use in the classroom. You can register for this free webinar here.

THURSDAY

Emergency Planning for Farm Operations

Former Army Ranger and current Safety Consultant with Ag View Solutions, Shay Foulk will be presenting this webinar. Tune into this free webinar on Thursday, September 24th from 1-2PM to learn how to assess risks, identify solutions and implement them in a manner that is practical and easy for farms. You can register for this free webinar here.

Respiratory Protection Issues in Agriculture: What to wear and does it fit? 

This webinar will be presented by Charlotte Halverson, an occupational health nurse for the AgriSafe Network. This class will cover how to protect yourself from several agricultural hazards that could contribute to chronic respiratory diseases. Tune into this free webinar from 3-4PM on Thursday, September 24th to learn the importance of fit teasing and seal checks. You can register for this free webinar here

FRIDAY

Safety in the Field: Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment for Farm Workers

Did you know that 36% of the 3.4 million producers counted in the census are women? Tune into this free webinar from 11AM-12:15PM on Friday, September 25th to learn how to report violent incidents to authorities, your legal rights, safe work practices, medical referrals, treatment, and counseling options. You can register for this free webinar here.

Discovering the Root of your Back Story: Prevention and Understanding of Back Injuries 

It’s no surprise that back injuries are one of the most common forms of farm-related injuries. Tune into this free webinar from 1-2PM on Friday, September 25th to learn how to protect your spine. The training will focus on whole body vibration, causes of back injuries/pain, and doable strategies to prevent injuries/pain. You can register for this free webinar here.

The National Education Center for Agriculture Safety’s theme ‘Every Farmer Counts’ is meant to acknowledge, celebrate and uplift our farmers and ranchers who have encountered numerous challenges over the years, yet continue to work hard to provide food, fiber and fuel for all.