"The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments." This issue includes the following articles. 1) NIOSH funds National Children's Center for another five years. The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has received a five-year, $4.6 million competitive grant to expand its initiatives related to injury prevention on farms. The projects funded cover a variety of research, education, intervention, prevention, translation and outreach to enhance the health and safety of children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. Three of the projects are being led by Principal Investigators based externally of the National Children's Center. 2) Saskatoon report: Researchers challenge conventional thinking on childhood agricultural injury prevention initiatives. In a challenge to the status quo, plenary speakers William Pickett, Ph.D., from Queen's University and Barbara Marlenga, Ph.D., of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, presented "Children and the Agricultural Work Environment: Building a Case for Change" at the Sixth International Symposium: Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem, October 19-23, 2008, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They spoke prior to concurrent sessions that included updated child ag injury data and descriptions of several intervention projects. 3) ASHCA to hold first national meeting. Leaders in farming, agribusiness, insurance, government and safety will convene January 28-29, 2009, in Washington, D.C., for the first national meeting of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA). ASHCA's founding members spent most of the past year building the not-for-profit group. Now they want to consolidate their gains and move more prominently into the public eye. "The main purpose of this meeting is to recognize and be accountable to our members for the first year of ASCHA's formation and existence," said William Nelson, CHS Foundation president and chair of ASHCA. "We want our members to fully understand the mission, purpose, and direction of ASHCA." 4) EPA honors Migrant Clinicians Network. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education recognized the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) as one of 12 honorees to receive a 2008 Children's Environmental Health Champion Award for outstanding commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks. 5) New agritourism resources. The National Children's Center has just released new resources for agritourism operators; the Policies and Procedures Guide and the Worksite Guide. These 10- page checklist guides were developed for use by agritourism owners and managers, and farm owners who host children and groups. 6) 'Blueprint' underway for child ag injury prevention. A project that aims to translate state-of-the-art knowledge on childhood agricultural injury prevention into practice is underway as part of the new National Children's Center award. The first phase of the "Blueprint for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Knowledge Translation" will update our knowledge of effective childhood agricultural injury prevention interventions. This will be accomplished by collecting findings from research and interventions that have been conducted since the assessment for the 2001 Summit on Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention. 7) PTO Safety Interactive Training. The NASD Safety Training Site has been activated. The first interactive module is on PTO safety. Plans are underway to work on two more modules in the coming year; one on the interaction of farm machinery and motorists on public roads; and the other possibly on confined spaces. 8) Mini-grant awarded for safety photo novels project. For the eighth consecutive year the National Children's Center made funding available to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. One mini-grant was awarded for FY 2009: for the Appalachian Children's Farm Safety Photo Novels Project. The project was proposed by the River Valley Farm Safety and Rural Health Coalition, which serves southern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky. 9) National Agricultural Tractor Safety Initiative online. The National Agricultural Tractor Safety Initiative is now online. Read personal accounts from farmers, find out about local campaigns that are helping to keep farmers safer on their tractors, and learn about the most recent tractor safety research.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Farmers; Families; Children; Adolescents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Education; Tractors; Training; Photography; Computer-models; Computers; Motor-vehicles
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