The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
October 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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National Fire Prevention Week is October 8 – 14, 2017

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: At work, at home, on the farm, or in the community… fires do not discriminate where they appear, or what they destroy. The theme for this year’s prevention week is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”  The message reinforces the need for everyone to have an escape plan.

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Train-the-Trainer Webinar: Teaching Tractor Certification Courses to Ohio Teens

Dee Jepsen, State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: Teaching tractor safety courses to young workers is important on several levels. Besides safety, teens can learn important skills from a good training program. Students can also receive certification credit, which is a marketable addition to their Career Passport and other high school credentials. A train-the-trainer webinar will be held on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 3-4pm.

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Grain C.A.R.T. Scheduling

Agricultural rescue training and education are an integral part to protecting our work force of families tied to agriculture in Ohio. The Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) was designed and built to do that twofold. Opportunities exist to offer professional training to first responders and/or deliver grain safety awareness curriculum for outreach education to farmers and agricultural industries by scheduling the Grain C.A.R.T. for your area in 2018.

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Grain Handling Safety Coalition

The Grain Handling Safety Coalition’s mission is to prevent and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities across the grain industry spectrum through safety education, prevention and outreach.   The site has training resources, handouts, toolbox talks and resources for young workers. More information can be found by clicking on,

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Farming and Gardening with Chronic Pain: Strategies for Managing Your Pain

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: Chronic pain is common among farmers and gardeners because of the physical nature of their work. Pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, and walking can all aggravate existing conditions, or cause new disabling or painful conditions.

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Safety Tips for Bonfires

Dee Jepsen, State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: Fire safety is important - even at a bonfire. Follow these recommendations to make your next bonfire safe and enjoyable for all:

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Safe Combine Operation During Harvest

Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator: As we continue to progress further into harvest season, the continuous activity, diminished daylight and stresses that can be associated with harvest can often lead to agricultural related injuries. It takes multiple pieces of equipment working simultaneously to have an efficient harvest season and no piece of equipment is more important than the combine. 

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Fire Safety for Agritourism Operations

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: Autumn is a season to be particularly alert for fires. During this season, we decorate our homes and businesses with dried fall foliage, light additional candles, burn yard leaves, and take in star gazing around bonfires. For fall agritourism venues, fire safety is especially important. These businesses take precautions to keep their visitors safe.

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Extension Disaster Education Network

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is among the USDA NIFA’s tactical sciences programs established to assist in protecting the U.S. food and agricultural system against threats from pests, diseases, contaminants, and disasters. EDEN fosters collaboration between extension educators with varying specializations from all across the U.S.

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