Ag Safety STAT : September 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:

    The National Farm Safety and Health Week is observed every third week of September. This commemorative week has been practiced for 73 years, with the first observation being in 1944 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office. Ohio will celebrate this week on September 17 – 23, 2017.


  1. Stop out to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center September 19-21 to catch the farm safety displays and demonstrations brought to you by The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. You can find us in several places within OSU Central, but predominantly located on Kottman St. and Land Ave. Here is a line-up of this year’s activities:

Safety Resource Spotlight

  1. Watching the disaster recovery missions in Texas reminds us all of the devastation natural disasters bring to a community. People with disabilities often face additional obstacles that impede the speed with which they can seek shelter or be rescued. The CDC has compiled resources on an “Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities” page to help in preparedness.

Ohio AgrAbility

  1. Laura Akgerman Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility:

    If you have chronic pain or physical limitations, kneeling, bending or stooping to tend your garden may be difficult or impossible. Raising your garden with elevated or raised beds, using walls and trellises for vertical gardens, or using containers or hanging gardens could reduce your need to stop or bend, and make gardening accessible for you. 

Injury Prevention

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

    As we progress into harvest season, consider the hazards associated with agricultural equipment.  In some instances farmers can find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in a situation to be caught-in or caught-between objects, which can lead to serious injuries.

Emergency Management

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

    FEMA launches their “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” campaign for National Preparedness Month. They have may tips to get you thinking about the simple things you can do to get a jump start on an initial needs plan for yourself, family and friends. They break it down into five areas with tips for how to address each one.