If you are a livestock farmer, you know that vaccinations are commonly used to treat or prevent disease for overall animal health. However, when working with needles, it is important to note that injections can be a safety hazard to the producer or employee.
Dr. Brandi Janssen, director of the Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) at the University of Iowa College of Public Health was featured in Iowa Farmer Today to remind farmers that “even a small needle can cause big problems.” Dr. Janssen used her personal experience and quoted UMASH resources to provide rationale and reasoning to keep safety in check when administering vaccinations.
Take a moment to read Dr. Janssen’s article to prevent needlestick injuries and visit the UMASH website for additional bi-lingual (English and Spanish) resources on needlestick prevention, potential injuries and proper sharps disposal.READ THE ARTICLE AT IOWA FARMER TODAY
UMASH has developed the following Needlestick Prevention fact sheets and posters for farm workers, producers and veterinarians. These are high resolution pdfs – ready to print and hang!
Find bilingual (English and Spanish) Needlestick Prevention Videos covering proper use for dairy, swine, and hog farms on our UMASH YouTube Channel.
Featured Resources: Needlestick Prevention
Needlestick injuries in agriculture are common although not as recognized as those in human clinical settings. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and on site workers are susceptible to needlesticks on the job. These injuries can be serious and may require medical attention. These needlestick prevention resources are intended to educate those individuals and prevent injuries in swine and dairy operations.