The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
August 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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COSI Farm Days, August 9 – 13

COSI brings the farm to the city during Farm Days. Learn where your food comes from by meeting local farmers and climb aboard tractors and even a combine. You can also test your driving skills on a pedal tractor course and even milk COSI’s fiberglass cow, Daisy.

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ATV Safety Resources

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) continue to be in the top 5 most dangerous vehicles operated by workers and family members in rural areas and farm operations. Not just in Ohio, but around the U.S., ATV crashes are a cause for concern… and also an area to improve training. Overall, fatalities have decreased in the U.S. by 31%. And youth fatalities have declined by 50%. This is good news, and news worthy to share!

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USDA Disaster Resource Center

Resources about how to prepare and recover from disasters and emergencies,

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Don’t let arthritis or chronic pain stop you from gardening: Garden carts, rolling work seats and storage

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: Getting your tools and supplies out to the garden can be difficult if you have arthritis or another physical limitation. Tools, plants and supplies are bulky, heavy, and awkward to carry. It is tempting to load up and haul everything to the garden in one trip, but that is an easy way to aggravate your arthritis, overexert yourself, or drop valuable supplies, and ruin a good day in the garden. Having the right equipment...

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Check Your First Aid Kits

Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety & Health Coordinator: It has been a busy year so far with spring planting and all of the farm activities through the summer. As we start to plan for fall harvest, don’t forget to check the first aid kits.  Over the course of time items in the first aid kit get used, while not being restocked or items become expired and outdated. When in a time of need, the worst thing that can happen is to open the first aid kit and there is nothing left to use.

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Flooding and the Aftermath

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: Rain, rain, and more rain has been the common thread of our mid-summer month in Ohio. Rain, often desired by farmers in the weather forecast, can bring with it some less desirable aftermath when it all descends at once. The aftermath of impassable roadways, mud-laden pastures, flooded basements, washed up debris and rushing rivers can wreak havoc on farmstead operations.

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