Farm Bureau Ag Safety Awareness Program Week is March 7-11, 2022
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2022 Ag Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) Week was created to bring awareness to safety and health issues facing the agriculture industry. The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are joining American Farm Bureau Federation in keeping friends and family safe and healthy this year by recognizing common agricultural hazards with the theme “Prepare. Prevent. Protect.”
Each day of the week has a focus
‘Prepare. Prevent. Protect.’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 7 – 11
Sharing resources that will help farmers and ranchers keep safety top-of- mind through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a priority of county and state Farm Bureau leaders across the nation. As part of this year’s ASAP commemoration, March 7-11 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Prepare. Prevent. Protect.”
A different safety focus will be highlighted by the State and County Farm Bureaus and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week, including:
- Monday, March 7 – Livestock
- Tuesday, March 8 – Cost of Safety & Finances
- Wednesday, March 9 – Disaster Preparedness
- Thursday, March 10 – Youth Safety
- Friday, March 11 – Equipment Safety
During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau encourages farmers to make safety a priority on the farm.
“Safe practices on America’s farms and ranches should be a priority, not an afterthought,” said Ron Gibson, President of the Utah Farm Bureau President. “Investing in safety and health in agricultural communities can help save lives and resources by preventing injuries and lost time on the job.”
An important part of keeping our agricultural communities safe includes focusing on building good habits with younger generations. This will be a specific focus during Safety Week.
“With approximately 98% of farms in the U.S. being family-owned farms, many of these farms have workers across multiple generations. With this in mind, it is important to keep our farm kids safe,” said A.J. Ferguson, Vice President of Farm Safety for the Utah Farm Bureau. “Most farm accidents involving youth are transportation-related (including tractors and ATVs). Please remember to shut off all farm equipment and remove keys when not in use.”
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AgSafety).
Visit the Centers’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters) for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using the hashtags #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP22 and #USAgCenters.
The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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