Protecting and Promoting the Health of Young Agricultural Workers

Presented by:
Dr. Diane S. Rohlman,
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, University of Iowa

WEBINAR SUMMARY

There are many benefits for youth working in agriculture, including the development of job skills, increased self-esteem, responsibility, and earned income. However, adolescents and young adults working in agriculture (under 25 years old) are at increased risk for injuries. In addition to traditional workplace hazards, developmental differences (both physical and cognitive), inexperience, fatigue, and distracted behaviors increase the risk of injury.

Parents, employers and educators play an active role in protecting these vulnerable workers. Communicating effectively with young workers about health and safety hazards that impact injury risk is key to protecting this population. This webinar will describe specific skills and practices that can be implemented in the workplace, on family farms, and in agricultural classrooms.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify risk factors that increase injury risk among adolescents and young adults.
- Recognize the role that supervisors (i.e., parents, employers, educators) play in protecting young workers.
- Identify resources that can be used to address both traditional and non-traditional workplace hazards.
- Apply communication skills and workplace practices that can be utilized in the workplace, on the family farm or in agricultural classrooms.

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Diane Rohlman is an expert on the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures, with emphasis on the increased workplace risks faced by younger employees. Her studies have examined agricultural workers in the United States and around the world, including research on the effects of pesticide exposure on adolescents and their developing nervous system.

 

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Agricultural Fitness for Duty – Impairment in the Workplace Basics

Presented by:
Dan Demers, BSc.,
C-SAPA CanAmm

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Impairment in the workplace comes in many forms and presents genuine risks to workplace safety and the public. Agriculture has multiple challenges in addressing substance use and the safety implications; however, these challenges are not unique. Many agricultural operations are family-run or have very few employees on site. In operations with a small group of trusted staff, the hard lines on safety can blur, especially when substance use is at the
issue’s core. This session will review the critical requirements necessary to address impairment in the workplace, highlighting how other safety-sensitive industries handle these matters and the challenges that cannabis legalization
poses for the Agricultural industry’s workplace safety.

Discussion Topics
- Impact of COVID-19 on substance use
- Unique Challenges of Agriculture
- What is alcohol misuse
- Cannabis vs. alcohol
- Impairment vs. Intoxication
- Best practices on fitness for duty programs

Learning Objectives
- Help recognize the line of when safety must supersede all other considerations
- Understand behaviors/choices as a supervisor/employer that may be enabling
- An understanding of the essential requirements in managing fitness for duty
- An appreciation for what is considered excessive alcohol use
- An appreciation for the differences between alcohol and cannabis

BIOGRAPHY:

Mr. Demers serves on the technical advisory committee for the CSA Z1008 Management of Impairment in the Workplace Standard and on the Government Relations committee of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association. As a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPAA), Mr. Demers has spoken internationally in 5 countries (USA, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, and Norway). Mr. Demers’ expertise has been included in a Yukon Government public policy decision and impacted forensic toxicologists and legal professionals. Mr. Demers’ technical writing is broad, including expert witness arbitration support, research summaries on drugs of abuse, testing technology, and scientific developments. Mr. Demers believes he remains the only professional in his space published in a peer-reviewed legal journal. Mr. Demers’s numerous experiences supporting client arbitrations have resulted in 100% pre-trial resolutions.

 

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ATV-UTV Safety for Women

Presented by:
Dan Neenan

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, and farming is one of few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. ATVs and UTVs are found on all types of farms; they are useful for agricultural work, but they also pose serious hazards to operators and passengers. Studies indicate that injured ATV/UTV passengers are more commonly female and youth and that helmet use is significantly lower for passengers. The focus of the training would be on ATV/UTV maintenance and safety features, personal protective equipment (PPE), load and weight considerations, operation on public roadways, as well as employee training and considerations for working alone.

BIOGRAPHY:

Dan Neenan became a volunteer firefighter in 1991 and quickly saw something that would become a huge part of his career. First responders in small towns like his often didn’t have the training and equipment they needed to save lives on the farm, so he set out to change that.

Now more than 30 years later, Neenan embodies how and why to be a volunteer firefighter. He’s a paramedic specialist and firefighter II with the Epworth and Centralia/Peosta, Iowa, fire departments. He’s also the director of the National Educational Center for Ag Safety (NECAS) that provides valuable resources like grain bin rescue tubes to rural first responders. And through a close partnership with Nationwide, he’s been able to deliver what he saw lacking when he first started fighting fires and saving lives. He has built traveling confined space demonstrations related to both grain rescue and manure pits that have been extremely effective for training first responders, farmers, and employees about the hazards, prevention strategies, as well as the rescue methods in response to confined space incidents. Dan’s training not only exceeds their objectives, they save lives.

 

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Farm Safety and Sustainability

Presented by:
Monica Hadarits, Executive Director Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

WEBINAR SUMMARY

The three pillars of each sustainability program are the 3P’s (People, Profit, Planet). We often hear a lot of talk about the planet aspect. Join this webinar to hear more about the people side of the equation and why safety is a key component to ensuring your farm’s sustainability.

BIOGRAPHY:

Monica Hadarits is the Executive Director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, a multi-stakeholder organization focused on advancing, measuring and communicating the sustainability of the Canadian beef value chain. Monica received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Guelph and has focused her career and research on sustainable natural resource use and climate variability in agriculture. She has family farm roots in Saskatchewan, experience working with rural communities across Canada, and international agriculture research experience in South America.

 

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