National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 16-22
Agriculture is recognized as one of the most hazardous industries in America and around the world. In the United States, more than two million full-time workers were employed in the production of crops, livestock, and poultry in 2017. According to CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2016, 417 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury. NIOSH reports that every day approximately 100 agricultural workers will suffer an injury resulting in lost work time.
National Farm Safety and Health Week, which takes place Sept. 16-22, 2018, has been recognized for more than seventy years, since September 1944. AgriSafe, along with partners such as the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) has hosted activities to support awareness for Ag health and safety professionals and farmers alike.
Each day of the week will feature a farm safety topic: Monday – rural roadway safety; Tuesday – health/suicide/opioids; Wednesday – child/youth health and safety; Thursday – confined spaces in agriculture and Friday – tractor safety.
For more information, visit http://www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek/.
This year’s theme “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety” spotlights safe practices like grain bin entry and personal protective equipment use for farmers. Many injuries are preventable through education and during National Farm Safety and Health Week, AgriSafe will offer free webinars will share information on immigrant workers (Monday), respiratory health (Tuesday), child/youth health and safety (Wednesday), confined spaces in agriculture (Thursday), and women’s health (Friday). To view the AgriSafe webinars, visit https://www.agrisafe.org/nfshweek2018.