SCCAHS uses survey data to understand Extension needs during public health crisis

GAINESVILLE, FL – Earlier this year, the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) launched a series of surveys aimed at understanding Florida Extension professionals’ experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.  These most recent findings provide insights into how Extension professionals can be better prepared to address future public health crises. To better understand […]

Safe and Healthy Recovery After Farm Floods

Disaster recovery can be as dangerous as the disaster itself, especially if no disaster preparedness plan was implemented. This is especially true on farms and ranches where inherent farm hazards such as machinery and equipment, livestock, and agriculture chemicals are displaced and co-mingle, putting all emergency response personnel, farm workers and family members in danger. […]

Community Stakeholder Advisory report now available

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Outreach Core recently organized the first Community Stakeholder Advisory meeting. Stakeholders were invited to attend meetings in person in Gainesville, Apopka, and Valdosta or attend online through video broadcast. The meeting aimed to raise awareness about SCCAHS, engage participants in identifying important occupational health and safety […]

Video of Recent SCCAHS Meeting Now Available

The video presentations from the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety’s (SCCAHS) recent Community Stakeholder Advisory Meeting have been posted. To access the video presentations, go to Those attending the Oct. 24 meeting learned about the center, helped identify important occupational health and safety issues in Florida and the Southeast, and provided direction […]

Pilot Research Projects Selected for Funding to Improve Agricultural Worker Safety and Health

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to prevent heat-related symptoms among Hispanic farmworkers; research mental, physical and occupational health issues among Haitian and Mexican migrant farmworkers; and identify work […]

SCCAHS Needs Assessment Report is Available

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety has posted its final report of a needs assessment from people involved in all aspects of agriculture, fisheries, and forestry industries in the Southeast. Download the needs assessment report. The needs assessment’s results will help guide the center’s research, outreach, and communication strategies on important issues […]

New NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Programs Website Debuts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new website focusing on extramural research and training programs. Portfolios of the research and training programs are available at the website, as well as links to NIH reporting tools and CDC-NIOSH funded reports. Listings of research […]

Preparing for Hurricane Irma and helpful resources

As the Southeastern United States and especially Florida prepare for the impact of Hurricane Irma, there are many resources that can help make the process a little less stressful for residents. Many of our friends and partners provided an array of resources and contact information, which you will find below: Storm Surge Risk Communication from […]

Webinar: Fall and electrical safety in agriculture

Falls and electricity are among the most common hazards encountered in agriculture. Learn how to educate others about these hazards during an AgriSafe Network Webinar, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT), Wednesday, Sept. 13. The webinar is free but attendees must register at Marsha Salzwedel, M.S., Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist with the National Children’s Center […]