Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture Webinars: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

National Farm Safety & Health Week 2021: Sept. 19-25; Farm Safety Yields Real ResultsAgriSafe is hosting a variety of free, daily webinars during National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 19-25, 2021. Click on the event titles below for more information and to register.

Developing and Implementing a Pilot Agricultural Community Suicide Prevention Program for Farmers and Farm Families (1:00 pm EDT)

This presentation describes a pilot community-based suicide prevention program. Eighteen trainers from various farmer-connected groups such as commodity groups, equipment dealers, farm safety trainers, teachers, ministers, and rural health nurses obtained credentials as QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) trainers. Over 450 persons were trained from these constituent groups in an 8-month period of time using training materials customized for the farming community. Using a Community of Practice framework challenges and successes in establishing mutual engagement, joint enterprise, a shared repertoire, and meaning in practice. Program revisions and the next steps forward are discussed.

Intended Audience: Agricultural Safety & Health Professionals, Rural Community healthcare workers, social service professionals, Agricultural Extension

Pediatric Farm-Related Injuries: Safeguarding Children Who Visit or Live on Farms (3:00 pm EDT)

Injuries are the most common cause of death for children and adolescents, and farms and ranches present many unique hazards to youth. During this presentation, we will discuss many of these including augers, grain bins, gravity boxes, tractors, power take-offs (PTOs), manure pits, chemical exposures, animals, and gasoline-powered pressure sprayers. One of the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths to youth on farms and ranches are the use of off-road vehicles (ORVs) like all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility task vehicles (UTVs), and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The safety concerns and prevention strategies related to ORVs will be a featured segment of the presentation. A general overview of how the growth and development of youth affect the risk of injury, and the role healthcare providers can assume to impact injury prevention will be discussed.

Intended Audience: Anyone working with youth in agriculture, and rural healthcare providers