The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ag Safety STAT
December 2019

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by 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

Thoughtful Gifts for the Season

Dee Jepsen – Agricultural State Safety and Health Leader: Safety is important year-round – giving gifts of safety is a thoughtful idea to show you care. Here are a few safety and health gift ideas to show your family, friends and employees how much you value them. Stocking stuffers include new work gloves, ear plugs or muffs, flashlights and smoke detectors with new batteries.

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The Silent Killer, Carbon Monoxide

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator: Ohio temperatures have dipped into winter and climbed right back out into early spring over these last few weeks, but temps are forecasted to flatten out on the colder side throughout the next month and the heat is likely to stay on. With heating season comes the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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Dressing for Cold Weather

Kent McGuire – CFAES Safety and Health Coordinator: It’s that time of year…Winter! Long exposure to cold, wet, and windy conditions can be dangerous even at temperatures above freezing. For outdoor workers it may be tempting to “tough it out” or “work through it”.

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Ohio AgrAbility in Action: Fitness for Farm Life – One stretch, 3 ways

Laura Akgerman, Disability Services Coordinator, Ohio AgrAbility Project: Farmers spend hours every day sitting, standing, carrying, lifting, pushing and pulling. Add in cold weather and it is natural to hunch your shoulders and back, just trying to stay warm, and a stiff back and upper arms can be the result.

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