Ohio State University Encourages a Greater Focus on Safety and Education on the Farm

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As one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, frequent safety education and training are crucial for farmers. The 2017 Farm Science Review is taking place on September 19-21, and Ohio State University’s Agricultural Safety and Health program will be there to share information on how to stay safe on the job. Here are some of the displays and demonstrations they have planned:

  • At the Farm Safety Scene, participants can inspect a mini farm scene to determine the number of safety hazards they can find, such as mishandling farm equipment or standing in an unsafe area. It will be easier for participants to see the risks when they take a step back and look at the whole farm, which will help them reassess the safety concerns on their own property.
  • The Safety in Agriculture for Youth program is a grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that works on safety and health curriculum for youth involved in agriculture. At the 2017 FSR, they will be collecting surveys and information about current youth practices on farms to better understand the issues they’re facing and discover the best ways to help.
  • When grain is kept in on-farm bins or commercial grain elevators, it can pose a huge risk if employees don’t follow specific safety practices. The Grain Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Trailer will be holding live demonstrations on grain safety awareness to educate participants about the risks and how to prevent them.
  • Crush bars, helmets, and more ATV safety gear will be on display that will include design innovations and improved safety features in case of an accident.

For more information on the 2017 Farm Science Review activities and tickets, read more here.

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