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Fact sheets are now available for H3N2v (variant) influenza and swine contact, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, Salmonella, staying safe at petting zoos and fairs, generic zoonoses, and needlestick prevention for farm workers, producers, and veterinarians.
Download a pdf list of all UMASH fact sheets and other agricultural health and safety resources.
NEW! Visit the videos page for videos related to agricultural safety and health. UMASH has created a video for needlestick prevention. Watch for a Spanish version coming soon, as well as other topics.
With the recent avian influenza outbreak, attention must be given not only to physical health, but also the mental health and well-being of farmers and workers, who are enduring incredible stress and emotional turmoil.
UMASH, in collaboration with its partners, has gathered information and resources to assist agricultural workers and producers with getting the assistance they need.
Mental health issues including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety are common among immigrant workers and their families. Feelings of loss, shock, separation from family, stigma, and language and cultural barriers can all contribute to the stress.
To help bridge this gap in mental health services, UMASH has compiled the following list of mental health resources for immigrant workers and families.
Dairy stockmanship is important for both animal and worker safety. It reduces stress and thus increases milk production, promotes animal welfare, production, reproduction and health, and can improve worker safety and job satisfaction
As part of the Multidisciplinary Network to Address Agriculture Worker Health and Safety Issues project, UMASH has developed a fact sheet and a series of stockmanship safety posters.
The Seguridad en las lecherías is a health and safety intervention for immigrant workers in dairy. The project uses a popular education model that includes worker training and promotores de salud (or Community Health Workers) to reduce worksite hazards and to improve worker knowledge and practices. Through extensive input from workers, health and safety professionals and researchers, this project developed an OSHA-approved five-module, bilingual health and safety training curriculum. The curriculum includes background sections on each topic and a step by step facilitators guide with visuals either in the form a power point slide presentation or a flip chart.
The following resources and educational materials were developed as part of the UMASH Pilot Project, "Developing Culturally and Linguistically-Appropriate Pesticide/Chemical Education Materials for Hmong Produce Growers". Hmong farmers in Minnesota have little access to culturally-relevant, easy-to-understand pesticide education materials. To meet this need, this project worked with Hmong farm families to develop these educational materials.
Download the pdf files:
These full-color posters were created by the Migrant Clinicians Network, National Farm Medicine Center, and UMASH as a product of the Seguridad en Las Lecherias: Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety project. They provide tips for tractor safety and operating equipment.
Available in English and Spanish.
A bilingual, full-color comic book about workers' compensation and workers' rights for immigrant dairy workers. It tells the story of a Mexican dairy worker injured on the job and the steps he and his employer take to ensure he receives benefits and the farm improves safety. Download the pdf.
The OSHA 2014 Dairy Local Emphasis Program in Wisconsin now references the UMASH fact sheets “Needlestick Prevention for Producers and Farmers” and “Needlestick Prevention on the Farm” as guidance documents for needlestick injury prevention.
This brief from the Food Policy Research Center at the University of Minnesota summarizes the prevalence of MRSA in pig populations, the disease transmission from livestock to humans, how livestock associated MRSA is different than those infections that can come from hospitals as well as policy options. UMASH scientist and Project Director, Peter Davies, PhD is the author of this valuable resource. Download the pdf.
Agriculture Safety Consulting (ASC) is a program of the National Farm Medicine at Marshfield Clinic that was developed to assist and support dairy farmers in this changing agriculture industry. ASC offers assistance in safety program development, implementation and management. ASC, with its multicultural and bilingual staff, has unique capabilities in addressing the Spanish language training needs of Hispanic employees. Packages range from identifying hazards and making abatement recommendations to guidance on development of self-administered farm safety programs with options for on-site English and Spanish farm safety training for employees. Learn more about ASC and Tailored Service Packages.
Tractor overturns remain the leading cause of deaths on farms. In an effort to make Wisconsin farmers safer, Marshfield Clinic’s 26th Auction of Champions raised more than $43,000 for the National Farm Medicine Center’s Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate Program. The goal of the program is to encourage farmers to have ROPS installed on their tractors by offering a rebate of 70 percent (up to$865) on the total cost. A ROPS refers to operator compartment structures – usually cabs or roll bars – designed to protect farmers from injury or death in the event of a tractor rollover. ROPS are the most effective known safety intervention, and are 99 percent effective when used with a seatbelt. BarbaraMarlenga, Ph.D., and Tammy Ellis have been meeting with local implement dealers to get their input on the program, conducting focus groups with farmers to select promotional ads, and preparing for the 2013 launch of the program at the Marshfield Farm Show.Learn more about the ROPS Rebate Program.