"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) Research identifies impact of labor law exemptions on family. The number of children killed while working on their family farm could be reduced by 60 percent if current child labor laws were uniformly applied and enforced across the agriculture sector, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Federal child labor laws are intended to protect young workers from the most dangerous jobs. But parents who have their children working on family farms are exempt from applying these laws to their children. 2) Mini grant funds available 2007-08. The National Children's Center is once again making funds available to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Organizations throughout the United States are eligible to apply for grants totaling up to $15,000. Community-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Funded projects are intended to strengthen partnerships between safety professionals, agricultural organizations and media, or translate research findings into practice. 3) Journalists Workshop heads to Kentucky. "Children and Agriculture: Telling the Story," is scheduled for July 13-14 in Lexington, Kentucky. The National Children's Center's 1 1/2-day workshop is a story-generating event that brings together child safety advocates, farm health researchers, agricultural producers and journalists for discussion and field trips. This year's workshop will focus on protecting children from injuries involving tractors/machinery and large animals.4) Agritourism health, safety resource now available. "Agritourism: Health and Safety Guidelines for Children" is a new, user-friendly resource written for agritourism operators large and small; and for long-term operations as well as farmers who might host a one-time event. The full-color, 37- page guidelines booklet was published by the National Children's Center with funds from NIOSH. 5) New CME course features organophosphate pesticides, child health. A new Web-based CME course offers health care providers and the public current scientific information regarding health risks for children exposed to Orgahophosphate Pesticides (OP) pesticides. This information is needed to understand the known, and sometimes uncertain, health risks to pediatric patients. 6) I-CASH occupational health training June 11-15. Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host a training program for health care professionals who treat and help prevent occupational illnesses and injuries on the farm. 7) National Children's Center director to co-chair new federal workplace safety research council. Barbara Lee, Ph.D., has been named co-chair of the newly established National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector council on Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. Dr. Lee will work closely with NIOSH Agriculture Program Leader George Conway, M.D., M.P.H., to assure an open and effective process for developing and implementing a strategic plan for agriculture, fishing and forestry workplace safety research. 8) NIFS conference: 'Applying What We Know'. The National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) annual conference will be held June 24-28, 2007, in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. The theme: Applying What We Know. The conference will update attendees on the latest research. Plenary sessions and panel discussions will include topics such as: Knowledge Transfer/Research to Practice (on Monday), The Effective Use of Social Marketing (on Tuesday), and Effective Program Delivery and Implementation (on Wednesday). 9) New online: Keys to Creating Safe Play Areas. It's the perfect time to start thinking about designing and building an outdoor safe play area. The National Children's Center has added a new feature to its Web site: "Keys to Creating a Safe Play Area."
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; Training; Computers; Communication-systems; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Organo-phosphorus-compounds; Organo-phosphorus-pesticides
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