Ag Health and Safety Alliance came to Minnesota on December 2, 2019, to host their “Gear Up for Ag Health & Safety” program with students at South Central College at their Mankato, MN location. Founder and president, Carolyn Sheridan, had 90 minutes with the college students to cover topics from respiratory protection to mental health in agriculture. Sheridan, a farmer and registered nurse, engaged students with interactive quizzes and fitting personal protective equipment. Each student went home with hearing, eye, and respiratory protection and information on how to use it.
UMASH’s Megan Schossow attended the training and brought materials for students to take home. Part of the Gear Up training focuses on stress and mental health, so UMASH sent each student home with a Signs & Symptoms of Stress card.