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”