This week, September 17-23, is National Farm Safety and Health week. The tradition started in 1944, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the third week in September for this program started by the National Safety Council. The weeklong promotion is a reminder for people to protect themselves, and animals, on the farm. There is ALWAYS time for safety.
Daily topics for the program this week from the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety are:
Monday – Tractor Safety
Tuesday – Farmer Health
Wednesday – Child/Youth Health and Safety
Thursday – Confined Spaces in Agriculture
Friday – Rural Roadway Safety
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center has a wide variety of resources to keep operations running safely and smoothly. They have pages focused on agritourism, animal handling, needlestick prevention, safety and tractor training, a wealth of resources, safety checklists, and even courses in Spanish.
Protecting children is perhaps one of the most important safety elements on a farm. The website Cultivatesafety.org is a great resource for assessing children development levels and abilities to ensure they are working tasks that can be performed safety for their age.
Patz Corporation’s blog also features several posts on Health and Safety, which can be found here.