National Farm Safety and Health Week 2015

national farm safety and health week 2015

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Monday: Rural Roadway Safety

Webinar: Rural Roadway Safety Webinar
Day: Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. CDT
Presenter: Brian Hammer, Risk Management Senior Consultant
Nationwide Insurance
Summary: Nationwide started their focus on Rural Road Safety website this year as part of the We Stand For You initiative. Through the session you will learn about problems faced today on the rural roadways and items to be considered for increased safety on the rural roads. The discussion will cover some of the more common situations on the rural roads and how to best handle those situations along with other miscellaneous safety tips to consider when traveling on the rural roadways


Tuesday: Confined Spaces

Webinar: Confined Spaces - Manure Pit Entry
Day: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. CDT
Presenter: Dan Neenan, MBA; Director
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)

Summary: The Manure Pit Safety program is intended for workers and managers in agriculture. This includes Pumping companies, farm operators and workers and agriculture business owners. The major focus of the program is safety in confined space work areas. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

  • Be able to identify hazards associated with confined space work
  • Understand the process for confined space entry and lock out procedures
  • Know where to locate OSHA references and resources related to confined space entry in the confinement industry.


Wednesday: Children's Safety

Webinar: Harvest Season: Are Children Safe?
Day: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. CDT
Presenters: Marasha Salzwedel, Youth Ag. Safety Specialist; Bryan Weichelt, Project Manager
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS)

Summary: Keeping children safe while they live, play and work on farms can be challenging. It's even more difficult during harvest season, peak time for agricultural injuries. Each year, news headlines tell grim but preventable stories of death and injury. Non-working children, ages 6-and-under, are particularly vulnerable. This webinar will describe actual childhood injury incidents, preview an injury news clippings website, and explore the issues and hazards that children are exposed to on farms, such as:

  • Tractors and equipment (run-overs and falls, entanglement, etc.)
  • Engulfment and suffocation hazards with grain harvesting and storage
  • Hazards resulting from harvesting crops (picking fruit/vegetables, urban/community gardens, etc.)
  • Exposures/hazards while visiting farms (hay rides, corn mazes, farmers' markets, etc.)

The webinar will also describe proven safety strategies and resources that farmers, parents and employers are encouraged to use to keep children safe. Time will be provided for questions and discussi


Thursday: Health

Webinar: AgriSafe: Healthier is Here
Day: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. CDT
Presenter: AgriSafe Network

Summary: AgriSafe is dedicated to training health and safety professionals who are prepared to serve  the unique health care needs of agricultural communities.  This week AgriSafe intends to engage rural health advocates in recognizing the prevention of farm injury and illness. Join our experienced AgriSafe staff and board members where you will learn how to:

  • Recognize emerging issues that impact the health and safety of farm families
  • Integrate Invest in Your Health college educational programs
  • Access our live and OnDemand training library
  • Collaborate with wellness champions in your state


Friday: Tractor Safety

Webinar: Research to Practice in Agriculture: The National ROPS Rebate Program
Day: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Time: 12-1 p.m. CDT
Presenter: Pamela Tinc
National Tractor Safety Coalition (NTSC)

Summary: Over the past decade, the ROPS Rebate Program has developed into a highly successful model for preventing tractor overturn fatalities. Despite this, expanding the program to provide services to farmers across the US has proved challenging due to the limited availability of financial, human, and other resources. In 2014, the National Tractor Safety Coalition (NTSC) was formed, and came together to develop a strategy for SCALEing up the ROPS Rebate Program and gathering the resources necessary to do so. This presentation will discuss efforts of the NTSC thus far and share plans for translating the ROPS Rebate Program into practice across the US.


  • Briefly review the history of tractor safety and ROPS programs in the US.
  • Explain the development and role of the National Tractor Safety Coalition in expanding the ROPS Rebate Program.
  • Discuss the progress that has been made toward a National ROPS Rebate Program so far.
  • Explain the next steps for the National Tractor Safety Coalition and National ROPS Rebate Program



Additional Resources

AgriSafe Network

Farm Safety For Just Kids

Progressive Agriculture

NIOSH/US Agricultural Centers

University of Missouri - Extension

Monsanto Videos

Related Pages

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
8342 NICC Drive
Peosta, IA 52068