The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) has teamed up with the American Farm Bureau and the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers to raise awareness of agricultural health and safety by promoting Agricultural Safety Awareness Week March 4-10 with the theme “No One Can Take Your Place.”
A different safety focus will be highlighted by the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety each day of the week:
Monday, March 5 – Hearing
Tuesday, March 6 – Respiratory
Wednesday, March 7 – Heat Illness
Thursday, March 8 – Fishery Safety
Friday, March 9 – General Health and Safety
During this week and throughout the year, the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is encouraging farmers in the Southeast to make safety a priority on the farm.
“The center is bringing awareness to agricultural health and safety in the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands,” said Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Director Glenn Morris. “Making safety and health priorities in agricultural communities helps save lives and resources through the prevention of injuries and lost time on the job.”
The center will also be releasing an exclusive webinar on the assessment of agricultural liability to cap off the week on March 9. The webinar will be delivered by associate professor of family, youth and community sciences Martie Gillen.
The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety provides resources throughout the year on various agricultural health and safety topics, including worker protection standards, pesticide safety, heat stress, boating and fishing, and forestry worker safety.
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page.
Visit the Centers’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters) for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing. Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using the hashtags #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP18 and #USAgCenters.
The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html) are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.