- Education and Training
The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) is part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative. SCCAHS explores and addresses the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
The University of Florida is the lead institution of this Center, partnering with the University of South Florida (USF), Florida State University (FSU), Florida A&M University (FAMU), Emory University, and the University of the Virgin Islands. These universities are working together on a range of interdisciplinary research and educational projects designed to promote occupational health and safety among the 240,000 farms — estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — to be operating in the region, their operators, families, employees, and contractors, as well as those in the forestry and fishery industries.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Agricultural Centers were established as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative in 1990. The CDC, through NIOSH, awarded the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions a grant of nearly $10 million for a five-year project to create the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS), which is now part of a national network with 10 other agricultural health and safety centers. These centers conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the health and safety issues in the agriculture, forestry, fishing industries. The centers are distributed geographically throughout the nation in order to be responsive to unique needs that arise in different regions.