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Promoting agricultural safety and health in Colorado.

Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa. Myers ML, Herrick RF, Olenchock SA, Myers JR, Parker JE, Hard DL, Wilson K, eds. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 92-105, 1992 Sep; :505
Agricultural production in Colorado is an extremely hazardous occupation. Many fatalities, injuries and illnesses can be prevented through education. Colorado State University Cooperative Extension has embarked upon such an educational program through a grant provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This grant provides funding for several safety projects including the following topics: 1. An up-to-date resource library containing visual aids and literature has been established and made available to all 58 county Cooperative Extension Offices. A monthly safety newsletter sent to each Cooperative Extension Office has been implemented as well as news releases submitted to Colorado's major agricultural publications. County Extension personnel are in a good position to disseminate safety information to a variety of individuals through their various production meetings. 2. Tractor safety, particularly tractor roll-overs, is always a major concern. Older tractors without roll-over protection (ROPS) are especially hazardous in a farm situation. Colorado State is conducting a tractor survey to determine the number of tractors without ROPS. Tractor survey forms were sent out to 1,000 farmers via the County Cooperative Extension Offices to ascertain the safety equipment available on tractors currently being used. Information from this survey will be used to determine areas needing more emphasis such as seat belts and roll-over protective structures. 3. Pesticide safety is another major concern for Colorado agricultural workers. Protection of the applicator can be greatly increased through usage of gloves and respirators. These two simple items can be easily implemented into the pesticide application operation. County Extension Offices have been provided with a chemical safety kit which includes gloves, coveralls, goggles, overshoes, respirators, etc. for demonstration purposes at meetings and field days. Gloves are also provided at pesticide applicator meetings for each participant completing the course. Each office has also been provided with a video tape on farm chemical safety. Disposal of agricultural hazardous wastes (unusable pesticides and containers) is a continuous problem. Steps are being taken to provide guidelines for disposal of such items on a local level for agricultural workers. The intent of the Colorado State project is to educate Cooperative Extension personnel about various safety programs so they, in turn, can educate their clientele. In this manner, more agricultural workers can be reached on a statewide basis.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Tractors; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals
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Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa