eXtension is ready for National Farm Safety Week, Sept. 20-26


eXtension’s Farm and Ranch in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP) has a wide variety of resources available to educators and the general public to use for National Farm Safety and Health Week at: http://www.extension.org/AgSafety.

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Agriculture is among our most hazardous industries, with a work-related death rate of 22.2 deaths per 100,000 workers annually, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, far ahead of transportation (13.1/100,000) and mining (12.3/100,000).

Additional resources include the 10 U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that are uniquely positioned to promote safety solutions during National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 20-26), and year round.

The centers have pooled their expertise on a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/USagCenters, featuring 80 videos. The videos can be used by Extension agents, agricultural science teachers, producers, first responders, families and others interested in agricultural safety best-practices.

The NIOSH Agricultural Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural safety and health issues unique to the different regions. Links to these centers can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html.

The 2015 theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is, “Ag Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle.” For more information on National Farm Safety and Health Week, and safety resources, visit the website of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, http://www.necasag.org/.