agricultural health and safety

Occupational Hazards and Climate — NIOSH Science Blog

November 17, 2016

Climate-related occupational hazards have historically received little attention. In 2009, NIOSH began work to address this gap and developed a framework to identify climate-related occupational hazards. Recently, NIOSH investigators published new work in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Based on a review and assessment of the peer-reviewed literature from 2008–2014, the article updates…

Farm Workers Help Design 4 New Heat Illness Prevention Videos

September 12, 2016

The California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) is proud to present 4 new Spanish-language educational videos on:

  1.            Heat and Humidity Index
  2.            Importance of Water, Shade, and Rest
  3.            Symptoms of Heat Illness
  4.            What to Do In Case of an Emergency

The videos are each 2 to 3 minutes long and based on feedback from farm worker focus groups that said they would prefer watching short, informative videos on heat illness rather than receive written pamphlets.

Adjusting to Work in the Heat: Why Acclimatization Matters

June 15, 2016

The joys of summer are here, but with them come the hazards of working in the heat. Acclimatization to heat is an important part of keeping safe as temperatures rise. This natural adaptation to the heat takes time, and from a management perspective, it may require careful planning.

Make acclimatization part of your plan

Coming Soon! National Farm Safety and Health Week 2014

September 14, 2014

September 21-27 is National Farm Safety Week. This year’s theme is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” The theme underscores the importance of working together to build a safer and healthier agricultural work place. California produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. At the heart of this industry are the farmers and agricultural workers, whose labor provides us with an abundant food supply. However, they, and often their families, are exposed to a unique, sometimes hazardous workplace that can affect health at all age levels.

Small Changes Can Make Big Impact with Ladders

August 22, 2014

If you ever had an ergonomic review of your workspace, you know that small changes, such as moving your chair up an inch or tilting your monitor a few degrees, can make a big difference in reducing muscle aches and pains.

The same is true in agriculture where repetitive movement (e.g., going up and down ladders) can become incredibly tiring, potentially leaving a worker open to various types of injury. Staying healthy and strong is especially important for farmworkers who look forward to harvesting multiple crops through the season.

NIOSH and WCAHS Faced with Potential Funding Loss

July 25, 2014

For the 3rd year in a row, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the federal agency from which the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) receive funds is threatened by potential funding loss as the US Congress considers the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. WCAHS is part of the 10 regional Agricultural Safety and Health Centersunder direction of NIOSH to provide education, information and research about agricultural health and safety to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers throughout the country.