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 http://www.agrisafe.org/live-webinars.

Marsha Salzwedel, M.S., Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, will present a full curriculum that is ideal for school agricultural classes, but also adaptable for community events and other educational scenarios.

Salzwedel will explore the different types of falls experienced on farms and how to protect against them, including fall protection systems. She’ll discuss issues associated with electrical hazards and strategies to prevent injuries and fatalities when working around electricity. Salzwedel also will address “Stand T.A.L.L.”, a concept that empowers youth to “Talk, Ask, Learn, Live”, so that they adequately understand work tasks. The session will conclude with a brief overview of other free instructional materials that can be used in combination with the fall and electrical materials to create a more comprehensive agricultural safety program.

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 Jill Gambill with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant: 

Several months ago, I collaborated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to conduct seven focus groups on storm surge risk communication during Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort, SC; Savannah, GA; and Brunswick, GA. Attached are some initial findings, which outline reasons that people may not evacuate, challenges in forecast comprehension, and recommended strategies for messaging and mapping hurricane risks. Also attached is a visualization of how storm surge, rainfall and drainage issues can create complex flood impacts. If you have any questions or would like further information, please visit the Communicating Hazard Information in the Modern Environment (CHIME) website.

Emergency Animal Sheltering and Evacuation Information
From LeiAnna Tucker with FDACS: 

We will continue to post new information on www.freshfromflorida.com/animalemergency throughout Hurricane Irma response.  Please continue to monitor this website and share with the public.

Mental Health Resources
From Heidi Radunovich, FYCS and EDEN website:

Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)
HENTF is a national service organization and federal agency created to protect cultural heritage from damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Their focus is on the protection and salvaging of documents, family treasures, family valuables and heirlooms. The attached document includes preparation tips from HENTF including protecting family valuables and archives.

Florida Sea Grant Preparation Page
Information including preparing boat, flood insurance, tips for caregivers, food safety, water supply, etc. 


From Bay County

Scott Jackson in Bay County shared some social media posts and links that may be helpful to other counties.

Boat Preparation – 





Animal-Disease Control 


Example of Emergency Notification Posts encouraging folks to sign-up for apps in their county/city/community that will provide up-to-date information through their local EOC


Other Helpful Links

Generator Safety – http://public.eden.lsuagcenter.com/search/Pages/results-rc.aspx?k=generator%20safety

Chainsaw Safety – http://public.eden.lsuagcenter.com/search/Pages/results-rc.aspx?k=generator%20safety#k=chainsaw%20safety

Family Emergency Plan – http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fm250

Safe Handling of Food & Water – https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FS/FS13100.pdf

Energy Education Council:
Information on downed power line and flooding safety after a storm – website www.safelectricity.org is an excellent resource: 

Downed Power Line safety:
After a storm, limbs & debris may hide an electrical hazard. Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized. http://bit.ly/13SkmM7

Just because power lines are damaged does not mean they are dead. Stay far away, and keep others away from them. http://bit.ly/13SkmM7

Safe Electricity advises everyone to be mindful of the electrical hazards that storms and flooding can leave behind.  http://bit.ly/13SkmM7

Flooding safety:
Never turn off power at the breaker box if you have to stand in water to do so.  Get more info on flooding safety – http://bit.ly/gQYVuR

Never step into a flooded basement.  Water may be in contact with electrical outlets or appliances.  More info – http://bit.ly/gQYVuR

AgriSafe Network:
The AgriSafe™ Network, a non-profit international membership organization, represents health and safety professionals who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community.

Document on farm flood threats: https://agn.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/agrisafe_floodresource.pdf

Webinar on 9/14 re: farm flood threats: https://agn.memberclicks.net/live-webinars

Mental Health Resources for Children after a hurricane:
Parent handout related to children after disasters: http://www.cpeip.fsu.edu/storm/StormresourcesFiles/resourceFile_51.pdf

Two different manuals on working with children after traumatic events: http://www.cpeip.fsu.edu/storm/StormresourcesFiles/resourceFile_59.pdf


Parent guide for helping children after a hurricane:


Children’s book about being afraid: http://piploproductions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/OnceIWasVeryVeryScared.web_.4.pdf

Video of a book from LSU to help prepare children for hurricanes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQZhmEqdwhQ

Good resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help parents and families related to coping with trauma:


Texas Well Owner Network Website: 


Press Release on flooded water wells & testing wells after floods:  https://today.agrilife.org/2017/09/05/private-water-well-owners-test-well-flood/

Media contact: Angie Lindsey, ablindsey@ufl.edu

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. Floods can heighten the risk of health threats such as mold, tetanus bacteria, contaminated well water, heat illness and high stress. This presentation will highlight basic precautions to prevent possible diseases and injuries during and after flooding. Continue readingSafe and Healthy Recovery After Farm Floods”

Engaging Guestworkers in Occupational Safety Research in Forestry

The southern US contains some of the most intensively managed forests in the world that provide the bulk of the nation’s softwood lumber and pulp. There is a paucity of research on the burden of injury, illness, and fatalities among reforestation workers in this region. Latino guestworkers make up more than 85% of the reforestation workforce in the region. Efforts to delineate health and safety risk factors associated with tree planters require employer/contractor buy-in and support from crew leaders and industry associations. A participatory approach to research is critical to the success of this study and recruitment efforts must be culturally sensitive to the needs of this work group. Continue readingEngaging Guestworkers in Occupational Safety Research in Forestry”

Protecting Young Adults in the Agricultural Workforce

As an employer of young adult workers (usually referred to as between the ages of 16 – 24), you are not only hiring someone to do a job, but also preparing workers in agriculture production for the future and providing valued work experience. Young people in the work force are still developing physically and mentally into their mid – twenties. Continue readingProtecting Young Adults in the Agricultural Workforce”

Center updating research on Southeastern agricultural health and safety

Dr. Glenn Morris
Dr. Glenn Morris

Data about the safety and health of agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers in Florida is severely outdated, according to the director of a newly formed agricultural health and safety center, and is a major reason the new Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS) was established.

SCCAHS explores and addresses the occupational safety and health needs of workers in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Florida and the Southeast’s coastal states. The University of Florida is the lead institution for the center, partnering with the University of South Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Emory University and the University of the Virgin Islands.

An overarching goal of the center is to develop new data sources which can provide a complete picture of safety and health issues, and better track how research findings, training efforts and new technologies can measurably improve worker safety and health. A 2006 National Academy of Sciences report notes that agriculture, forestry, and fishing are among the most hazardous occupational sectors nationally, with an annual average of 740 fatalities and 130,000 worker disabilities from agriculture alone. Continue reading “Center updating research on Southeastern agricultural health and safety”

Education, preparedness help save lives from heat illness

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS) is partnering with other U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers to share critical information for farming, fishing and forestry industries in a campaign to prevent heat illness and deaths in agriculture.

The University of Florida is the lead institution of SCCAHS, partnering with the University of South Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Emory University and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Summer 2017 Beat the Heat, a campaign sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/CDC, will help employers and safety specialists prepare for the agriculture season by educating operators and workers.  Continue reading “Education, preparedness help save lives from heat illness”

UF Law research faculty joins multidisciplinary worker health initiative

UF Law Research Faculty Joan Flocks is a key member of a new multidisciplinary, five-year center to decipher the occupational health and safety concerns of individuals working in the forestry, fishing and agricultural industries.

The University of Florida is hosting the new Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety which is funded through a nearly $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The center is currently helping to adapt a national heat-stress campaign – expected to be rolled out June 12-15 – to Florida. The campaign will focus on different aspects of heat-stress protection.

“This is an incredibly important issue in Florida,” Flocks said. “Within the last few years we’ve had a couple of heat-related deaths of agricultural workers in the field that could have been possibly prevented.”

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