With a fatality rate of 26.1 deaths per 100,000 workers according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries. Youth and new-workers are particularly vulnerable.
With this pilot project grant, South Central College proposes to develop occupational safety and health (OSH) based curriculum to deliver to Minnesota agricultural educators that work with farm business management instruction, supervise high school students in agricultural workplaces, and/or coordinate college level agribusiness internships. After developing a tailored OSH curriculum aimed at the specific needs of regional ag educators, South Central College will deliver two four-hour OSH trainings, reaching a cross-section of ag educators from secondary, post-secondary, and farm business management backgrounds. During the pilot project, South Central College will seek feedback from participants throughout the process to ensure the trainings are as relevant and applicable as possible. After receiving training, we will encourage ag educators to initiate agricultural workplace safety walk-throughs with their students. This project intends to create increased partnerships between trusted agricultural educators, career and technical education students, and agricultural businesses, including farm owners. After the one-year pilot project, South Central College plans to build upon the results of the project by incorporating feedback and offering additional OSH training to agricultural educators, students, and farm owners, which will further strengthen interdisciplinary partnerships between these groups.
This project intends to create increased partnerships between trusted agricultural educators, career and technical education students, and agricultural businesses, including farm owners.
Publications and Presentations
- Roberts M. Occupational safety and health curriculum development and training for minnesota agricultural educators. 2016 Nora Symposium, May 4, 2016, Minneapolis MN