"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) Child injury rates decline overall; Blueprint to address new challenges. National rates of injury have declined since 1998, according to data from the Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS), however, evolving safety issues will require fine-tuning of strategies going forward. The injury landscape appears to be changing, and the National Children's Center's Blueprint for Knowledge Translation project is designed to meet the new realities by re-focusing childhood agricultural health and safety efforts. 2) Safe Play Spanish Mini-Edition online. Key elements of the 2003 Safe Play resource have been condensed and translated into Spanish for the "Creating Safe Play Areas on Farms: 2009 Mini-Edition," which was produced in response to requests for a shortened, Spanish-language version. 3) Children's farm task guidelines searchable online. It's easier than ever for parents to decide if their children are ready for specific jobs on the farm. The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) are now searchable online. Simply type the name of the task in the search box and the most relevant of 62 different guidelines will appear. 4) September 23: Children and Youth Safety Day. September 23, 2009, is Farm Safety and Health Day for Children and Youth, observed as part of National Farm Safety and Health Week. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and the entire Childhood Agricultural Safety Network honors the hard work of farm and ranch families. 5) Paper highlights mismatches between children, tractors. Farm tractor work is commonly assigned to young people on North American farms, where tractors account for the majority of deaths and major portions of non-fatal trauma to working youths. However, little is known about the potential mismatch between the anthropometric and physical characteristics of children and tractor characteristics. Results of a study that evaluated the ability of children of varying ages and percentiles to reach major controls on 45 tractors in common use in the U.S. are detailed in "Ability of youth operators to reach farm tractor controls" (Ergonomics. June 2009;52:685- 94. Authors: Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D.; Ji Hong Chang, Ph.D.; William Pickett, Ph.D.; and Barbara Marlenga, Ph.D.). 6) Agritourism guidelines distributed at national Extension conference. The National Children's Center supplied copies of "Agritourism Health and Safety Guidelines for Children" and related supplements to all 120 attendees at the National Extension Tourism Conference in Park City, Utah, June 14-17, 2009. 7) New fact sheet describes national childhood ag safety, health efforts. National statistics on childhood agricultural injuries, as well as summaries of current National Children's Center projects, are included in a new fact sheet. 8) CASN meeting draws good turnout in New Orleans. Several first-time attendees were among 30 participants at the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) meeting held June 15, 2009, at the New Orleans Marriott, during the National Institute for Farm Safety Conference. 9) Farm Safety 4 Just Kids wraps up workshops. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids hosted nine regional farm safety and health workshops in 2009. The workshops were designed to teach community members how to teach injury prevention to rural children and their families. 10) Editor honored for reporting on safety. Cheryl Tevis, Senior Farm Issues Editor, Successful Farming magazine, was named 2009 Dean T. Stueland Scholar for her farm safety advocacy. The award was scheduled for presentation by Marlene Stueland on September 16 in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
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; Communication-systems; Racial-factors; Education; Teaching; Computers; Task-performance; Motor-vehicles; Tractors; Mortality-rates; Traumatic-injuries; Anthropometry; Human-factors-engineering; Machine-operators; Training; Workshops
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