Ag Safety STAT : February / March 2017

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
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  1. Remaining availability: - Saturday, September 9 - The weekend of September 29, 30 & October 1 - Week of October 16-21 - An assortment of weekdays sprinkled throughout the summer.   Schedule professional training to first responders and/or deliver grain safety awareness curriculum for outreach education to farmers and agricultural industries for your area in 2017. Contact Lisa Pfeifer at (614) 292-9455 or

Safety Resource Spotlight

  1. has agricultural safety and health videos available on their website that can be very useful for agricultural producers, agricultural educators, agricultural safety and health professionals, and Cooperative Extension personnel. The videos can be used for training or to help provide awareness about the hazards that can exist in the agricultural workplace.

Ohio AgrAbility

  1. Laura Akgerman Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility:

    Did you know that your risk for a heart attack increases in the winter?  “Cold weather sometimes creates a perfect storm of risk factors for cardiovascular problems,” says Dr. Randall Zusman, Massachusetts General Hospital. Cold weather can cause a decrease in the oxygen rich blood your heart needs. Cold weather conditions can make your heart work harder, then your heart needs more oxygen rich blood, which is already in short supply and this can lead to a heart

Injury Prevention

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

    As we prepare equipment for planting season, start to apply anhydrous ammonia, and eventually begin work in the field, take a moment to consider the importance of protecting your hands.  When it comes to hand protection, hazards can vary drastically by work task. These hazards can include chemical burns, electrical dangers, abrasions, cuts, impact with objects and exposure the extreme temperatures.

  2. Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator:

    Winter 2017 in Ohio has been anything but predictable. Rolling on through late winter and early spring here, will likely present farmers with a rollercoaster of environmental conditions to face while managing animal herds during spring birthing.  Analyzing supply inventories, past experiences, and personal practices and habits at the front end of this season is a good start for making some simple preparations that might ultimately reduce health, safety, and financial risks.

Emergency Management

  1. Dee Jepsen – OSU State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader:

    Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 19 – 25, 2017. You can find great information and educational materials from the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness at this link:

    Being prepared is something for every individual and every community to practice, especially when spring weather patterns have potential to catch us off-guard.