Resources for Farm Health & Safety
|Pre-Response Plan||Aug 27, 2009||2908-1406|
|Horse Emergency Go Kit||Aug 27, 2009||2908-1407|
|Resources for Rural Families Coping with Economic Stress and Anxiety||Nov 16, 2009||2911-1418|
|Driving Safely in Plain Communities||Nov 6, 2017||3102-1533 (BSE-219NP)|
|Preventing Falls In and Around Homes||Nov 3, 2017||3307-1592 (BSE-217NP)|
|Preventing Work Place Falls||Nov 3, 2017||3307-1593 (BSE-220NP)|
|Equine Emergency Preparedness in Virginia||Apr 16, 2010||406-500|
|Skidder Safety and Efficiency: A Discussion Leader's Guide||May 26, 2009||420-122|
|Arthritis and Farming||Aug 19, 2014||442-083 (BSE-139P)|
|Assistive Technologies in Agriculture||
In terms of work-related injuries, farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In 2012, 374 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 farm workers – from accidents resulting from agriculture-related activities (NIOSH 2014). Statistics also reveal that agriculture-related activities result in nonfatal injuries. For example, in 2006, crop and animal-production activities resulted in 22,400 and 13,100 injuries, respectively (U.S. Department of Labor 2006). These nonfatal injuries may include primary as well as secondary injuries.
|Dec 3, 2014||442-084 (BSE-183P)|
|Preventing Secondary Injuries in Agricultural Workplaces||
The intent of this fact sheet is to reduce the number of secondary injuries by familiarizing the readers with secondary injuries and the steps they can adopt to minimize them. In addition to identifying common secondary injuries and the most vulnerable groups, the publication discusses steps that can be taken to prevent such injuries. The fact sheet also provides a list of agencies that farmers can contact for assistance when they experience secondary injuries.
|Aug 8, 2014||442-085 (BSE-150P)|
|Machinery Safety on the Farm||
Machines; no farm or ranch can function without them. They save valuable time and are essential to agricultural productivity. They also represent an ever-present danger to the people who operate them. There are a host of hazards that makes agricultural machinery the leading cause of injury and death on American farms and ranches.
|Dec 3, 2014||442-092 (BSE-179P)|
|Safe Operation of Compact Tractors||
Follow these safety tips and maintenance procedures for checking, servicing, and operating compact tractors to extend their life and reduce breakdowns and accidents.
|Aug 8, 2014||442-093 (BSE-148P)|
|Large Round Bale Safety||
This Extension publication covers the safety aspects of equipment used in large round bale packages such as: balers, front-end loaders, bale handling and transport devices. The key to safe and efficient systems for handling large round bales is an operator who knows the hazards involved and who follows safety practices that can prevent accidents. Operators must be constantly alert for situations that may cause injuries to themselves or others. Besides pain and suffering, accidents contribute to higher costs in terms of unnecessary downtime or costly machine repairs. Alertness and safety consciousness can result in more efficient and profitable baling and handling.
|Oct 13, 2014||442-455 (BSE-172P)|
|Respiratory Protection in Agriculture||
Farm workers can encounter a variety of respiratory problems ranging from temporary discomfort caused by allergic reactions to fatal asphyxiation. However, the risk of contracting serious lung diseases or death can be significantly decreased by using respiratory protection (fig. 1). See the sidebar for a list of farm work that requires respiratory protection.
|Jul 1, 2014||442-601 (BSE-140P)|
|Farmer's Lung: Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness||
Farmers account for more than 30 percent of adults dis- abled by respiratory illness. Yet, a large percentage of farmers are nonsmokers. If smoking is not to blame for these ailments, then what is? The answer is farmer’s lung.
|Aug 18, 2014||442-602 (BSE-141P)|
|Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: Producer Response for Plant Diseases, Chemical Contamination, and Unauthorized Activity||Mar 9, 2011||445-004|
|Farm Security - “Treat it Seriously” – Security for Plant Agriculture: On-Farm Assessment and Security Practices||Mar 9, 2011||445-005|
|A Farmer’s Responsibilities to His Business||
Who is the most valuable person on your farm? Herdsman? Milker? Tractor driver? Many owners forget that they are the most important person on their farm. Why do many dairy farmers immediately call their veterinarian when an animal is sick? Yet many farmers postpone visiting the family doctor when they are sick because “they are too busy and it will get better in a couple of days.” How many times does delaying visiting the family doctor result in the owner visiting the local hospital emergency room and spending several days in the hospital? How many farmers have an annual checkup with their family doctor? How many illnesses (e.g. diabetes, hyper tension, and skin cancer) can be detected at the annual checkup? Many of these health problems can be treated and monitored by their family physician before they grow into major problems. If the owner cannot manage his business when he is ill, who will manage it for him? The farmers’ health and well being is the most important asset on his/her farm.
|Jun 6, 2014||AAEC-69NP|
|Sometimes, Half the Road Is Not Enough™: A Public Safety Awareness Message to Improve Farm Equipment Safety on Public Roadways||
This fact sheet is a product of the 2014 Spring Kohl Centre Experience. To find out more about this project team and related information, please go to the Kohl Centre at Virginia Tech’s website: www.kohlcentre.aaec.vt.edu.
|Jun 10, 2014||AAEC-70NP|
|Mental Health Topics for Farm Families and Caregivers: An AgrAbility Virginia Program Resource||Sep 15, 2016||AEE-150NP|
|The Basics of On-Farm Safety: An Introductory Guide by the AgrAbility Virginia Program||Sep 15, 2016||AEE-151NP|
|An Introduction to Drones : On - Farm Use and Safety Implications||Jan 15, 2018||ALCE-169NP (ALCE-172NP)|
|AgrAbility Virginia Program Evaluation Brief: 2016 Survey Results||Dec 13, 2017||ALCE-170NP|
|AgrAbility Virginia’s Mixed-Method Program Evaluation Approach and Considerations||Dec 11, 2017||ALCE-171NP|
|Agricultural Education Teacher Facility Management & Risk Assessment Guide||Feb 19, 2018||ALCE-173NP|
|Agriculture Road Law Fact Sheet||May 16, 2018||ANR-268NP (ANR-302NP)|
|Good Production Practices: Reading a Medication Label||
Purpose: To teach youth how to read a medication label and calculate dosages so they are better able to understand how to store and administer medications to different livestock species
|Dec 23, 2015||APSC-100P|
|Good Production Practices: Reading and Understanding a Medication Label||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-101P|
|Good Production Practices: Required Living Space for Sheep||May 6, 2016||APSC-103P|
|Good Production Practices: Understanding the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-104P|
|Good Production Practices: Using the Flight Zone to Handle Livestock||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-105P|
|Good Production Practices: When to Call the Veterinarian||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-106P|
|Good Production Practices: Where Did That Medication Come From? PDF||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-107P|
|Good Production Practices: You Want Me to Eat From That?||Apr 28, 2016||APSC-108P|
|Impact of Composting on Drug Residues in Large Animal Mortality||
Mortalities are inevitable in animal agriculture. For most animal operations in the United States, the average annual mortality is estimated to be between 4.5 and 6 percent of the livestock population. Common methods of mortality disposal include burial, rendering, incineration, and use of a landfill. The availability of options for disposing of mortality, particularly rendering, have changed in recent years, and financially and environmentally sound alternatives are needed
|Sep 25, 2014||APSC-59P|
|Good Production Practices: Name That Feed||
To demonstrate the importance of properly labeling feeds.
|Oct 28, 2015||APSC-98P|
|Good Production Practices: Proper Storage, Labeling, and Accounting for Medications||
Purpose: To teach youth how to read a medication label so they are better able to understand how to store and administer medications for different livestock species.
|Dec 7, 2015||APSC-99P|
|Grape Production Injuries and Prevention||
Grape acreage and production have been steadily increasing in the US. In 2010 there were approximately 23,000 farms with a total of 944,800 acres producing grapes. Ninety percent of these farms are smaller than 100 acres and about 16,000 of these were vineyards. California accounts for about 90% of the total production in the US. The next two largest grape producing states are Washington and New York and they produce approximately 6% and 2% respectively (NASS-USDA, 2014)
|Jun 30, 2015||BSE-186NP|
|Lawn Care: Hand Tools Safety||May 16, 2019||BSE-40NP (BSE-98P)|
|Lawn Care: Powered Hand Tool Safety||May 16, 2019||BSE-41NP (BSE-97P)|
|Lawn Care: Rotary Mower Safety||May 16, 2019||BSE-42NP (BSE-96P)|
|Lawn Care: Tractor Safety||May 16, 2019||BSE-43NP (BSE-100P)|
|Lawn Care: Utility-Type Vehicle Safety||May 16, 2019||BSE-44NP (BSE-99P)|
|Guidelines for Protecting Youth Workers: Promote Safe Practices and Protect Youth Workers||
A large number of teenage workers in the U.S. engage in summer jobs for reasons such as personal development, gaining work experience, developing work skills, and generating funds for furthering their education and for spending money.
|Aug 13, 2014||BSE-46NP (BSE-107P)|
|Rotary Mowers Safety: Lawncare Training Guide||
Mowing lawns continues to be one of the most popular summer job opportunities for youth given the affordable cost and ease in operation of most rotary mowers. However, easy access and widespread use of mowers often creates a false sense of security among the users of these machines. Data from a seven-year period (1996-2003) showed the highest rate of hospitalization from lawn mower injuries was for youth workers ages 15 to 19. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 37,000 riding mower injuries occurred from 2003 through 2005 alone. During the same period, there were 95 fatalities due to riding mower tip-over. The purpose of this training guide is to reduce the number of mower accidents and injuries by familiarizing young workers with rotary mowers and their safe operation.
|Aug 12, 2014||BSE-47P (BSE-110P)|
|Tractor Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide, Safe Use of Tractors||
Tractors are versatile equipment used in a variety of jobs ranging from hauling goods to lawn care to agriculture. While they are extremely versatile, they can be very dangerous unless they are used with care following safe practices
|Sep 25, 2014||BSE-48NP (BSE-111P)|
|Utility Type Vehicles: UTV Maintenance and Safe Use Lawn Care Training Guide||
Utility type vehicles (UTVs) are popular equipment used in a variety of settings, including the lawn care industry. Their hauling capacity and versatility have increased their popularity, and they are widely used in rural, suburban, and urban settings for a variety of lawn care, agricultural, construction, and industrial applications. Considering that UTVs are widely used in the green industry, it is extremely important that young workers in the industry become familiar with the safe operation of UTVs. The purpose of this training guide is to familiarize young workers with the safe use of UTVs.
|Aug 21, 2019||BSE-49P (BSE-264P)|
|Powered Hand Tools Safety: Lawncare Training Guide||
In addition to rotary mowers, many powered hand tools such as string trimmers, lawn edgers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers are widely used in lawn care. While these devices are very useful in making jobs easier and more efficient, they can be dangerous if used without proper training and care. In 1989 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that power lawn trimmers and edgers alone have caused about 4,600 injuries annually that required medical attention. About one-third of these were eye-related.
|Sep 24, 2014||BSE-50P (BSE-112P)|
|Hand Tools Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide Hand Tool Care and Safe Use||
Many hand tools such as rakes, shovels, and pruners are used widely in lawn care operations. While these non-powered tools are not known to cause major injuries, they have the potential for injuries that may require absence from work and/or medical assistance when they are used improperly.
|Sep 15, 2014||BSE-51P (BSE-113P)|
|Tractor-Mounted Lifts||Jun 18, 2018||BSE-58NP (BSE-230NP)|
|Tractor-Mounted Vertical Lifts||Jun 22, 2018||BSE-59NP (BSE-232NP)|
|Tractor-Mounted Inclined Lifts||Jun 22, 2018||BSE-60NP (BSE-231NP)|
|Guidelines for In-House Composting Poultry Mortality as a Rapid Response to Avian Influenza||
Composting is a biological heating process that results in the natural degradation of Composting is a biological heating process that results in the natural degradation of organic resources (such as poultry carcasses) by microorganisms. Composting has been successfully used throughout the United States for nearly two decades to control outbreaks of avian influenza. Composting can be effective with most bird types and poultry house designs.organic resources (such as poultry carcasses) by microorganisms. Composting has been successfully used throughout the United States for nearly two decades to control outbreaks of avian influenza. Composting can be effective with most bird types and poultry house designs.
|Sep 24, 2015||CSES-142NP|
|Previniendo accidentes de trabajadores rurales ligados al manejo de silajes||Jun 19, 2017||DASC-100s|
|Previniendo accidentes de trabajadores rurales ligados al manejo de silajes||Jul 24, 2017||DASC-102s|
|Preventing silage-related injuries and fatalitites among farm workers||Jul 25, 2017||DASC-103NP|
|Preventing injuries and fatalities during the harvesting and chapping of crops for silage||Aug 28, 2018||DASC-117NP|
|Previniendo daños y muertes durante la cosecha y picado de maíz y sorgo para silaje||Aug 28, 2018||DASC-118S|
|Management of compost-bedded pack barns||Mar 11, 2016||DASC-78NP|
|Preventing silage-related injuries and fatalities among farm workers||Jun 19, 2017||DASC-99|
|Beating Stress: Challenges, Choices, Changes||
Stress comes in many forms. There are normal and predictable stressors, such as a new job, getting married, or moving.
|Aug 29, 2014||FCS-68P|