‘Lead the Way in Agriculture’ is the Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 6-10
SANDY, Utah. March 6, 2023 – County and state Farm Bureau leaders across the nation are sharing resources that will help farmers and ranchers keep safety top-of- mind through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As part of this year’s ASAP commemoration, March 6-10 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 “Lead the Way in Agriculture.”
A different safety focus will be highlighted by [County/State] Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week:
- Monday, March 6 – Mental Health
- Tuesday, March 7 – Preventive Health Care
- Wednesday, March 8 – Safety Culture
- Thursday, March 9 – Situational Awareness
- Friday, March 10 –Temperature-Related Safety
During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau encourages farmers to make safety a priority on the farm.
“Utah Farm Bureau has a long history of working to ensure safety is a priority on America’s farms and ranches,” said Ron Gibson, President of the Utah Farm Bureau President Federation. “We’re proud to continue supporting members of our agricultural communities in their efforts to save lives and prevent injuries and lost time on the job.”
“We have worked to reduce fatalities on Utah’s farms and ranches since the late 1980s when we instituted our Farm Safety program, and are proud to have reduced fatalities by 83 percent to only three per year,” said A.J. Ferguson, Vice President of Farm Safety for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “But any fatality is too many, so there’s work to do still.”
“Many of our safety trainings are available in English and Spanish, and they cover a variety of topics include the dangers of working in cold or hot temperatures and how to mitigate those risks, slips & falls, mechanical and equipment hazards, pesticides, and more,” Ferguson added. “We’re proud to partner with the Utah Labor Commission, Utah State University Extension, and others to work on these challenges together, and appreciate this support as we bring these resources to Utah communities.”
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a product of Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of Farm Bureau staff who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page.
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 #ASAP23 and #USAgCenters.
The 12 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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