Agriculture and construction rank as the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Both are more hazardous than the mining industry. A disproportionately large number of workers in agriculture experience injury, disability, disease, and death each year due to environmental factors in the workplace. Our sole purpose at the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HI-CAHS) is to reduce the preventable trauma, disease, and mortality in this most important population, a population whose production is vital to American well-being. HI-CAHS is one of eight national centers created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to address agricultural health and safety through education, direct onsite intervention, and research. This many-faceted project requires a team effort that is multi-disciplinary and collaborative. The HI-CAHS staff is made up of industrial hygienists, epidemiologists, educators, social workers, safety consultants, toxicologists, and engineers. Beyond this core staff, HI-CAHS uses, through its outreach and research programs, numerous otherprofessions and a wide variety of cooperating organizations. This past year has been particularly successful, and we have been rewarded by increased support from NIOSH. One of our major goals is to become much more regional than we have been in the past with the added resources provided by NIOSH. We now have representatives on our external advisory committee, members from every state in Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota). Along with our twice-annual meeting of the advisory committee, we will for the first time this Fall host a regional meeting on agricultural safety and health with speakers, programs, and demonstrations from throughout the region. The purpose of the meeting is for us to gain greater insight into the needs in agriculture in Region VIII from the perspective of our clientele, farmers, ranchers, people in agribusiness, agricultural trade organizations, extension agents and specialists, and health and safety professionals. It is our intention to become more responsive than we have ever been in the past, and to extend that responsiveness to a broader constituency.
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