"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) Agritourism publication fills definite need. The American Emu Association (AEA) distributed "Agritourism Health and Safety Guidelines for Children" to attendees at its national convention in Missoula, Montana, in July, one of a growing number of organizations that have disseminated the resource. "The booklets are very informative and well presented for our emu tours and general ranch customers, and they were very well received" said Clover Quinn, AEA's Region 5/6 Director and conference chairperson. 2) Mini-grants announced for 2008. For the seventh year in a row, the National Children's Center has made available funding up to $15,000 to support smallscale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. The center received and reviewed 14 applications from across the country. 3) Booklet addresses pesticides, expectant mothers. Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) has published a new Spanish-language educational "comic" book that addresses pesticide exposure and pregnant women. "Lo Que Bien Empieza ... Bien Acaba: Consejos para las mujeres para prevenir danos a la salud ya sus bebes causados por pesticidas" and other prenatal resources are available on their website. 4) Anabaptist education storybook published. "Farm Safety Stories" is a new Anabaptist education tool developed and created with the help of a mini-grant from the National Children's Center. The book includes five different farm-related adventures regarding the primary causes of unintentional injuries among Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite farm children. 5) Injury prevention expert speaks at National Children's Center. Susan Gallagher, M.P.H., a nationally- and internationallyrecognized specialist in injury and violence prevention, conducted a workshop in August at the National Children's Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Attendees included educators, nurses, physicians and researchers. 6) NIOSH funds three extramural grants related to child ag safety. a) Refinement and Enhancement of Agricultural Safety Curricula for Children (REACCH): Deborah Reed, University of Kentucky; b) Georgia Childhood Agriculture Safety and Health Research: Zolinda Stoneman, University of Georgia; and c) Developing and Evaluating New Approaches to Youth Agricultural Injury Prevention: John R. Wilkins III, Ohio State University. 7) Safe Play demo popular at Empire Farm Days. The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) sponsored a Rural Safe Play Area at the Empire Farm Days held in Seneca Falls, New York, August 7-9, 2007. The "Largest Farm Show in the Northeast," the 2007 Empire Farm Days had nearly 700 exhibitors. The Safe Play Area was in the Safety and Health Center coordinated by NYCAMH staff. 8) Give the gift of safety for the holidays! For this holiday season, consider investing in a special child's safety instead of the latest gadget. For as little as $200 you could install a fence around the backyard to keep children in a safe and fun environment. If there is already a fenced play area, consider adding groundcover under the swing set or monkey bars. Our children ARE our most valuable resource. This year, treat yourself to the security of knowing that a special child is protected from farm hazards. 9) Youth@Work curriculum available. NIOSH is pleased to present Youth@Work: Talking Safety, a foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health. This curriculum is the culmination of many years' work by a consortium of partners dedicated to reducing occupational injuries and illnesses among youth. This curriculum is meant to be used in a classroom or other group training setting, and has been customized for each state and Puerto Rico to address state-specific rules and regulations.
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; Training; Computers; Communication-systems
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