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Ready to respond: farm injuries and rural emergencies.

Shutske J
Medical Services and Law Enforcement Personnel Workshops, April 2003 and November 2003, Paynesville and Moorhead, Minnesota, 2003 Apr; :1-53
Know your community. Know your area. Unique factors that complicate Ag emergency response and rescue - location, ground conditions, animals, complicated equipment (that's built to last), confined spaces, chemicals and pesticides. Distance and accessibility issues. Access based on location. Nature of biological materials like grain, feed, animal waste, and chemicals are unstable, perishable, and require high degree of skill and management. Farm families must Have some knowledge and expertise in basic first aid and CPR, understand appropriate and SAFE response, know how to activate EMS in a way to insure a timely response! Big concern rght now is use of NH3 in methamphetamine production. Stimulant drug, also referred to as speed, crank, crystal, Ice. Human health effects - Acute "poisoning" and other adverse health effects., toxicity, exposure, route of exposure, label and MSDS, chronic health effects, cancers, nervous system effects, reproductive system effects. Other hazards - fire, environmental hazards, drift spills overturned equipment. Agriculture is complex. Complicated issues with injuries, exposures to other hazards. Appropriate response is vital - many resources are available.
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Animal-products; Disaster-prevention; Education; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-pollution; Equipment-reliability; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Farmers; Food-processing-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Risk-analysis; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research
John M. Shutske, Workplace Safety & Health Specialist and AgrAbility Project Director, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 390 Eckles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108-6005
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Medical Services and Law Enforcement Personnel Workshops in Paynesville and Moorhead, MN; April 2003 and November 2003
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Page last reviewed: January 7, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division