As a part of our Emerging Issues Program, UMASH has been working to understand and prevent injuries and fatalities related to manure management. A recent study by UMASH and colleagues at the University of Minnesota Extension explored the self-reported occupational hazards of manure applicators in Minnesota. In October 2022, UMASH’s Devon Charlier and Carol Peterson were invited to share the results of this study as a part of a webinar for the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC). This talk, as well as presentations from Dr. Rebecca Larson on manure emissions and from Dr. Dee Elils on zoonotic disease threats, can be viewed here.
Farm Safety Check
Also in response to this emerging issue, UMASH created a new Farm Safety Checklist to help to prevent safety hazards along the path of manure management. Farmers, workers, and employees can use this checklist while working with manure, including storage, agitation, pumping, transportation, and application.
The UMASH outreach team will also use this resource to facilitate worker safety training at six Minnesota Commercial Animal Waste Technician continuing education workshops in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension this year.