"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) Media relations: new publication can aid in hosting a workshop for journalists. If you're trying to promote agricultural safety and health, helping the media understand what you do is vital. Yet forging good relationships with journalists isn't always easy. One successful tool you can use is the Journalists' Workshop. The National Children's Center has conducted four such workshops, and has published lessons learned in Agricultural Safety and Health Workshops for Journalists: Strategies that Work. The 20-page resource is intended for organizations and government entities that want to improve journalistic coverage and enhance delivery of accurate safety and health messages to the public. 2) NORA AgFF draft plan: your comments needed. The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Sector Council on Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing has posted its draft strategic plan on the NIOSH Web site. You are encouraged to review the plan, particularly as it relates to priorities addressing children's issues. 3) Agritourism guidelines popular at farmers' conference. Free copies of Agritourism Health and Safety Guidelines for Children were given to all attendees of the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association annual conference, held in February at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. "This audience was very welcoming and receptive to health and safety information," said Tammy Ellis of the National Children's Center, who delivered a keynote talk about the guidelines. "After my presentation I had a large number of agritourism operators visit the National Children's Center booth and share their health and safety concerns." 4) Safe Kids Canada promotes 'Keep Kids Away from Tractors'. Safe Kids Canada has launched the Ontario Children's Rural Safety Program, a public awareness and education campaign designed to facilitate environmental and behavioral changes to create safe rural environments for children. 5) NECAS takes its classes on the road with trailer. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is using a new truck and trailer to take its agricultural rescue training classes to emergency responders in their respective communities, thanks to a grant from the State of Iowa. The two NECAS rescue classes, tractor rollover and combine/auger extrication, have been accredited through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau (IFSTB). The trailer contains the Jaws of Life, airbags, cribbing, rescue struts, manikins, generator, and rescue saws. 6) 'Hometown Hero' Marilyn Adams honored with Volvo for Life Award. Marilyn Adams, founder of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, has been named "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" - the top award given through the largest-ever national search for, and celebration of, everyday heroes. Volvo made the announcement on March 20 in New York at the sixth annual Volvo for Life Awards ceremony. 7) 'It's Easier to Bury a Tradition' campaign wins public relations award. The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network campaign, "It's Easier to Bury a Tradition than a Child," was a big winner in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Region IV competition in January. The campaign, which urges that children younger than 12 not be allowed on or near tractors, was judged "Best of Show in Public Relations," one of three "Best of Show" awards chosen from a field of 53 category winners. 8) ASHCA elects board of directors. The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America, established to pursue a national strategy to create a hazard free work environment for American agriculture, elected its first board of directors in January.
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; Education; Tractors; Training; Motor-vehicles; Communication-systems; Communications-industry; Workshops
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