Goals

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety goals include:

  • Providing occupational safety and health education and training, capitalizing on existing work at the University of Florida and the partnering institutions.
  • Bringing evidence-based, tested safety and health programs, from the ten other NIOSH-funded agricultural centers to the southeastern coastal region.
  • When appropriate, translating programs into Spanish, and assist in supporting training efforts throughout the region.
  • Conducting research-to-practice projects focusing on:
    • Developing and testing whether safety and education materials produce changes in safety behaviors.
    • Documenting hazards and risks in northeastern Gulf coast fishery worker populations and testing training materials aimed at reducing injuries.
    • Utilizing remote sensing technology to map pesticide uses.
    • Supporting other projects, such as looking at heat stress tolerance and evaluation of the UF/IFAS farm supervisor safety training extension program.
  • Conducting further research and applied projects based on needs as they arise.