"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) NAGCAT thrives in first decade: Guidelines studied, tested, accepted. In 1999, the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) were released as a resource to help adults match a child's physical and mental abilities with the requirements of agricultural jobs. Ten years later, the guidelines have been accepted by parents, translated into several languages, studied by researchers and shown to be effective in reducing childhood agricultural injury prevention. 2) Showcase your safety work at AG CONNECT. Exhibitors are needed for the "Safety Zone" at AG CONNECT Expo 2010, January 12-15, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. 3) Oregon study looks at pesticide effects on children. A study from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH ), out of Oregon Health & Science University, is measuring potential health effects of chronic OP exposure using repeated tests in a longitudinal study of school-age children living in an agricultural region in Oregon. 4) New brochure on farm safety from NIOSH. A concise brochure with tips on keeping youth safe on farms is available from NIOSH. "Injuries to Youth on Farms and Safety Recommendations, U.S. 2006," includes sections on animals, machinery and falls. 5) Dr. Marlenga honored by her peers with Sebold award. Barbara Marlenga, Ph.D., deputy director of the National Children's Center, was presented with the Gwen D. Sebold Research Fellowship on November 18. The Sebold award recognizes an outstanding Marshfield Clinic researcher. 6) In press: Child bystanding. "Child bystanding: A risk factor for injury and identifying its determinants on midwestern agricultural operations" (Williams QL, Alexander H, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Church TR, Ryan A) is in press in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention (Epub July 2009). The authors evaluated the incidence and determinants of associated bystander injuries in the Regional Rural Injury Study-II (RRISII). 7) Mini-grants focus on vulnerable populations. For the ninth consecutive year the National Children's Center has made available funding to support smallscale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Three of four mini-grants for FY 2010 focus on vulnerable populations. 8) National Children's Center external advisors meet. The impact and long-term direction of the National Children's Center were discussed during the center's External Scientific Advisors meeting, October 21-22, 2009, in Minneapolis, facilitated by Sharon Dorfman, Sc.M., of SPECTRA . The advisors also heard an update on center projects including Stakeholder Communications/Digital Dissemination, Motivating Farm Parents to Create Safe Play Areas on Farms, Integrating Safety Guidelines for Hired Adolescent Farm Workers into Field Supervisors' Practice, Economics of Youth Farm Labor and Farm Injuries, Childhood Agricultural Safety Network, the Minigrant Program and Enduring Programs such as NAGCAT. 9) Funding opportunity from USDA. The request for applications for FY 2010 has been posted for the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program (YFSEC). 10) Progressive Agriculture receives Canadian award. Safe Communities Canada has announced that Progressive Agriculture Foundation that sponsors Progressive Agriculture Safety Days was named as the 2009 recipient of its National Ambassador for Safety Community Service Partner Award.
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; Anthropometry; Mental-processes; Physical-capacity; Task-performance; Job-analysis; Human-factors-engineering; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Biological-effects; Chronic-exposure; Exposure-assessment; Risk-factors; Communication-systems; Information-systems; Information-processing; Education
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