FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2022
CONTACT: Jenn Patterson
Free safety workshop to focus on youth working in agriculture
Protect the future of agriculture by attending a virtual safety and health workshop devoted to safeguarding youth who work on farms and ranches, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CDT), Sept. 28.
The workshop is being hosted by AgriSafe Network, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, and the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The workshop is free but registration is required. Attendance will be limited to the first 50 registrants. Go to http://www.marshfieldresearch.org/cash-workshop.
Safety on farms and ranches is an ongoing challenge. “Young workers’ brains and bodies are not fully developed until age 25,” said Diane Rohlman, PhD, Outreach Director for the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa. “They are eager to prove themselves – less likely to seek help and prone to taking risks. We’ve developed a free, online training for supervisors, parents, and teachers of this age group. The training covers how to best supervise, train, and communicate with these workers to keep them safe and healthy.”
Leading experts will utilize hands-on activities and small-group discussions in discussing benefits and risks to youth working in agriculture, illness and injury prevention strategies, youth mental health, and parent/supervisor information and training.
Participants can apply the new knowledge in designing safety strategies for their farms and organizations. The workshop is ideal for farm parents, supervisors, agribusiness, farm organizations, insurance professionals, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA advisors, public health officials and media.
Facilitators will include Knesha Rose-Davison, M.P.H. (AgriSafe); Marsha Salzwedel, Ed.D. (National Children’s Center); and Diane Rohlman, Ph.D. (Great Plains Center).
The Great Plains Center is one of 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html) that are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Follow GPCAH on social media for tips and updates at twitter.com/gpcah and facebook.com/gpcah.