Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program

What are our priorities?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (AgFF) works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional and service organizations, and academia. The program currently focuses on these areas:

  • Conducting research to understand and decrease exposure to hazards that cause disease and injury in AgFF industries.
  • Developing and evaluating control measures and technologies to protect workers.
  • Producing educational, outreach, and prevention programs to guide workers and employers.
What do we do?
  • Advance research-to-practice through active partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Sponsor regional, national, and international conferences and sessions to promote research findings and identify research needs.
  • Coordinate a multi-state pesticide poisoning case-based surveillance system through the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk Pesticide Program.
What have we accomplished?
What’s next?
  • Co-host the Safety for Emerging Robotics and Autonomous Agriculture Workshop.
  • Complete Fishing Forward Podcast, a collaboration of NIOSH Ag Centers, the National Occupational Research Agenda AgFF Sector Council, and other partners, sharing health information and interviews with commercial fishermen.
  • Assess stooped postures among agricultural workers during hand weeding and harvesting activities to develop best practices to minimize injury risk.
  • Conclude a pilot study on the use of wearable technology to capture health data among logging workers.
  • Host an international symposium on ATV/UTV (all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle) safety in agricultural spaces, which account for 60% of all occupational ATV/UTV fatalities.

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The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program provides scientific leader-ship to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among agricultural, forestry, and fishing workers. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work.

NIOSH AgFF Program & Centers for Agricultural Safety & Health
Map of the United States that shows the location of the NIOSH AgFF Program and Centers for Agriculture Safety and Health.
Average Cost of a Worker’s Compensation Claim, 14 states, 2010-2016
Graphic that shows the average cost of a worker's compensation claim in 14 states from 2010-2016.
“Docside” Clinic Medical Services, July 11, 2021
Graphic that shows the number of resources and services given to Vietnamese American commercial fishermen at the "Docside" health clinic on July 11, 2021.

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September 2022