The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
January 2018

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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Staying Safe While Staying Warm: Heating Safety Considerations

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader: Staying warm during the winter months is important for outdoor workers. Popular heating sources in barns and farm shops include furnaces, wood stoves, portable space heaters, and heat lamps. Each source has its own type of hazards, putting Ohio farmers at risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisonings.

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Ohio AgrAbility in Action: Replacing Grain Bin Ladders with Stairs

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: Many farmers have grain bins, and have climbed the ladders up and down the grain bins for years, in all weather, without injury or trouble. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” could be said about the ladders on grain bins. Ladders serve their purposes and work well, and have worked well for years, so why make changes?

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Minimize Risk of Injuries in Winter Working Conditions

Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator: As we progress further into winter with bitter cold temperatures and the potential for freezing rain or significant snowfall amounts, there is still work to be done around the farm or agri-business.  Layered clothing is a necessity, but can be restrictive to range of motion in your body movements. Individuals who continue to perform work activities in winter conditions are at a higher risk of a variety of injuries including: frostbite,...

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: Those Dean Martin lyrics have become an earworm by the close of the winter holiday season every year, but they sure rang true this year in Ohio for the final weeks of 2017. Ohio farmers who had to be out in those frigid temps endured that cold firsthand. Daily work on the farm goes on regardless of what weather blows in.

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