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Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Ohio State University Extension

Ag Safety STAT : February 2016

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dee Jepsen at jepsen.4@osu.edu
For a printable version please click here.

Announcements

  1. Nationwide insurance is collaborating with industry leaders and agricultural professionals to launch its third annual safety contest as part of this year’s Grain Bin Safety Week, which runs Feb 21-27.

  2. Ohio farmers are being asked to complete a survey about their current grain handling and storage systems. This information will be used to develop future training programs specific for Ohio grain facilities. 

  3. The OSU Agricultural Safety and Health Program has sun safe hats for sale. These sun safe hats are great for Master Gardeners, field researchers, golf enthusiasts, local farmers, OSU alumni, etc. 

Injury Prevention

  1. Andy Bauer—Ohio AgrAbility Program Educational Coordinator:

    February is American Heart Disease Awareness month and also a time for cold weather and snow. During cold weather, work must be done around the farm, such as feeding livestock, breaking ice in the water trough, cutting wood, or loading stored grain. 

  2. Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator:

    The physical demands of spring work will soon be here.  Due to the physical nature of agricultural tasks, there can be a tremendous amount of wear and tear on the body. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sprain/strain injuries account for over 38 percent of all workplace injuries requiring days away from work. 

Emergency Management

  1. Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator:

    As we continue to plan for busy spring season, it is a great time to establish or review Emergency Action Plans. Whether it’s a structure fire, traumatic farm injury, or natural disaster being prepared can help reduce the potential for loss of life or property.

Spot the Safety Issue

  1. Can you spot the Safety Violations in this photo? 

    Click here to see the answers.