Ag Safety STAT: Safety Through the Seasons 2022

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is prepared by the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Team. 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.

Spring Season

  1. Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist

    Each morning when waking up recently it feels as though we look out the window and it is either raining or has rained overnight. Farmers are natural meteorologists and are in tune with what is going on with the weather any given hour of the day.

Winter Season

  1. Sabrina Schirtzinger, ANR Educator Knox County

    With colder temperatures we tend to spend more time indoors. For some winter may be when you clean up your shop/garage, finish a project or start a new one. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a concern when you are in confined areas and equipment that burns fuel are in use.

  2. Lisa Pfeifer – Educational Program Manager, Ag Safety and Health Program

    Preparedness is a concept with which we are all familiar. We learn where and how to exit a building in the event of a fire in grade school and that learning continues to build from there. Grain Bin Safety Week is a great time to build preparedness by answering some critical questions about safety at your on farm grain storage facility.

  3. Richard Purdin, OSU Extension, Adams County ANR/CD Educator

    When winter weather strikes it can cause a lot of stress on farmers. Farm equipment is essential in today’s agriculture production setting. Safe operation of farm equipment is important no matter what time of year and wintertime is no exception.

  4. Beth Scheckelhoff, ANR Extension Educator Putnam County

    Rivers, lakes, and backyard ponds across Ohio are finally freezing.  While these newly frozen surfaces seem perfect for winter outdoor activities like skating, sledding, ice fishing, or snowmobiling - please remember that no ice is 100% safe.

  5. Warm weather turned to cooler, wet, and muddy weather and now cold weather has arrived to stay for a few months.  It is interesting to note that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) documents that there are more deaths in the United States due to cold weather exposure (hypothermia) than hot weather exposure (hyperthermia) each year.  The CDC has also tracked an average of 1,300 deaths per year in the US due to hypothermia. 

  6. Joseph Maiorano, PhD, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension, Harrison County 

    I imagine that some of you may look forward to something different in 2022. If so, New Year’s resolutions may help you accomplish that goal, but resolutions, sometimes, are easier made than stuck with.