Ag Safety STAT : July 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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Thoughts from the Editor

  1. Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader

    I recently talked with a colleague who worked in an agricultural labor organization, outside of Ohio. He told of his experience at a local produce market where the farmers displayed a poster-sized photo of their family operation. The family was proud of their operation, and used this photo as a way to engage with their customers.  However the photo contained several safety infractions that clearly portrayed an operation that disregarded safe work practices.

Safety Resource Spotlight

  1. Summer months brew up the prime conditions for lightning because of instability and moisture in the atmosphere, for detailed information on lightning safety visit the National Weather Service at

Ohio AgrAbility

  1. Laura Akgerman Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility:

    If you have chronic pain or physical limitations, having the right tools and equipment for gardening is vital, and may make the difference between completing a task, and being forced to stop because of pain and exhaustion. Before choosing tools, consider your strengths, and your limits.

Injury Prevention

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

    Although summer has started out with mild temperatures, we are approaching the time of year when hotter work environments can create potential health hazards. Working long hours in higher temperatures or non – shaded areas increase the risk of a heat stress illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Emergency Management

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

    The farm pond while often utilitarian in nature, can add the elements of both fun and danger to the warm days of summer. Allowing the fun to take center stage for your family, friends, and employees can be accomplished by establishing some safety protocols for swimmers.