The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
July 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
For a printable version please click here.

Sun Hats

Protect yourself with a wide brim hat this summer. These hats are perfect for the outdoor sport enthusiast, water lover, farmer or gardener in your office or family. They are also great to wear on C-deck during those first few OSU football games! The hats feature a wide brim, are lightweight, and quick drying. One-size fits all. The cost is $40.00.  Contact Dee Jepsen at or 614-292-6008.

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“Livestock Safety at the Fair” video

Just in time for county fair season. OSU Ag Safety and Health has produced a new “Livestock Safety at the Fair” video. Here are some links to the video:

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Heat Stress Illness and Skin Cancer Prevention

Great safety and health materials can come from a variety of organizations and programs. Here is a great info-graphic on heat – related illness from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and an info- graphic on skin cancer prevention from the Center for Construction Research and Training.

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Ohio AgrAbility in Action: Universal Design in the Garden

Laura Akgerman – Disability Services Coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility: Everyone wants a garden to be welcoming, beautiful, and safe. As we age, some tasks become more difficult, and more of a chore than an enjoyable activity. If you enjoy gardening but are finding it is harder to do as you get older, or have more demands on your time, consider integrating Universal Design solutions into your garden.

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Lawn Mowing Safety

Dee Jepsen – State Agricultural Safety & Health Leader: Summer fun can be cut short when lawn mower safety is not practiced. Each year, nearly 80,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for various types of injuries including deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, broken and dislocated bones, burns, and eye injuries. Sadly, many of these injuries occur to children and teens.

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Heat Stress Injuries

Kent McGuire – CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator: We have reached the time of year when working in extreme hot weather can create potential health hazards. Risk factors for heat illness include working long hours in high temperatures and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind, and usually coupled with heavy physical labor. A heat stress injury occurs when the body cannot regulate its temperature.

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Beautification Time on the Farm

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: Summer tasks on the farm often include getting a fresh coat of paint on the barn. If painting is on the summer to-do list at your farm, make sure to review some ladder safety basics with your kids or employees that will be reaching new heights.

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