Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety & Health Week

Sep 16, 2019


The 2017 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 581 fatalities, which equals 23 deaths per 100,000 workers.
 
For the past 75 years, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week (NFSHW). The overall 2019 theme is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear,” which is a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and rural roadways of America.
 
Each day of NFSHW also features individual themes:
 
• Monday, Sept. 16 — Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
• Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention
• Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
• Thursday, Sept. 19 — Confined Spaces in Agriculture
• Friday, Sept. 20 — Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
 
Corresponding to the daily themes are related webinars (times listed are Central):
 
Monday, Sept. 16 — Understanding the Tractor Factor (Noon-1 p.m.); Ergonomic Safety for Farm Women (2-3 p.m.)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 — A Research Update from the Agricultural Health Study: Recent Findings, Current Work, and Future Plans (Noon-1 p.m.); Safety Sensitivity of Opioid Use in High Hazardous Industries Such as Agriculture (2-3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Safeguarding Children and Youth Who Live, Work and Play on Farms and Ranches (Noon-1 p.m.); Exploring the Invest in Your Health Trainer Exchange (2-3 p.m.)
Thursday, Sept. 19 — Hazard Communication Standards (Noon-1 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 20 — Reducing the Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Perinatal Illness for Female Agricultural Producers (Noon-1 p.m.)
 
To register for the webinars, visit www.agrisafe.org/nfshw-2019. For more information on National Farm Safety & Health Week 2019, visit The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website, www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek.
 
 
 

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