National Farm Safety and Health Week 2014

National Farm Safety and Health Week 2014

Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters
September 21-27, 2014


NFSHWlogoAmerica’s farmers provide us with an abundant food supply. But farmers are exposed to a unique, sometimes hazardous workplace. Agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America and across the globe.

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 21-27, 2014. This year’s theme was “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters”.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), UMASH, and the US Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are spotlighting agricultural health and safety with a variety of resources for farm workers, their families, and everyone involved in agriculture.




UMASH Ag Safety Resources
  • UMASH Resource Database
    Download agricultural safety and health resources created by UMASH, our pilot project programs, and collaborating institutions
  • UMASH Ag Safety and Health Spotlight
    UMASH Ag Safety and Health: Stories from the Field highlights the stories of farmers and farm families – their experiences with injury or disease on the farm, as well as what they learned and suggestions for prevention.
NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers
The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention represent a major NIOSH effort to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. The Centers were established by cooperative agreement to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems. Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.

US Ag Centers YouTube Channel
The US Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offer online safety videos through a special YouTube channel. These safety videos are designed for producers, Extension agents, first responders and farm families. The videos can be especially relevant during harvest season, as farmers are putting in long hours under the stress of weather delays and equipment breakdowns.

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is dedicated to preventing illnesses, injuries, and deaths among farmers and ranchers, agricultural and horticultural workers, their families, and their employees. NECAS is a partnership with the National Safety Council and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Peosta campus.



AgriSafe Network conducted daily webinars to inform professionals, as well as Agricultural producers on important agricultural occupational health and safety topics.

Monday, September 22 — Rural Roadway Safety: Collisions between Motor Vehicles and Farm Equipment on U.S. Roadways

Murry Madsen, MBA
University of Iowa, School of Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Number of farm equipment – motor vehicle collisions on roadways of U.S. states during 2013
  • Who is most often fatally or non-fatally injured in these collisions
  • At least three factors that contribute to collisions between farm equipment and motor vehicles on roadways.

Tuesday, September 23 — Occupational Health: Health Assessment and Prevention Programs for Agricultural Producers

Carolyn Sheridan, BSN
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network

Learning Objectives:

  • How to identify AgriSafe, OSHA, NIOSH and other health prevention resources that are appropriate to production agriculture
  • How to discuss the responsible integration of wellness in an occupational health and safety aagricultural environment
  • How to describe the role of workplace assessments and employee/employer education

Wednesday, September 24 — Child Safety: Child Development and Tractor Operation

David Schwebel, Ph.D., Professor
Dept. of Psychology, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize young children do not have the developmental capacity to operate tractors safely
  • To understand that there are various aspects to child development and that all aspects – physical, perceptual, social, and cognitive development, plus sociocultural factors – must be in place for youth to operate tractors safely
  • How related scientific findings in child injury prevention might be applied to understand and preventing youth tractor injuries

Thursday, September 25 — Grain Bin Safety: Grain Bin Entry

Dan Neenan, MBA
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

Learning Objectives:

  • How to identify hazards associated with confined space work
  • How to understand the process for confined space entry and lock out/tag out procedures.
  • How to understand the correct harness that must be worn during an entry
  • How to understand the job responsibilities of a confined space attendant
  • Where to look for OSHA references and resources related to confined space entry in the grain industry

Friday, September 26 — Tractor Safety: Whole System in a Room – Using a Dynamic, Multi-Stakeholder, Collaboration Process to Develop a National Tractor Safety Initiative


Julie Sorenson, Ph.D., Deputy Director
New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)/North East Center (NEC)

Learning Objectives:

  • How to define the basic components of the Whole System in a Room (WSR) Process
  • How to list the steps involved in developing a “collaborative vision”
  • How to identify the types of issues that are compatible with WSR methodology.