What is the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety?
The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety 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, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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 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 Center’s focus areas/themes and associated research projects include the following: