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National Farm Safety and Health Week set for Sept. 18-24

Photo: National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

Peosta, IA — A series of daily webinars is planned for National Farm Safety and Health Week, scheduled for Sept. 18-24.

The theme of the 79th annual event is “Protecting Agriculture’s Future.” Around 100 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury every day in the United States, says the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, citing NIOSH data.

The 10 free webinars will focus on the health and safety of people working in agriculture. The event will feature daily themes:
Sept. 19: Tractor and rural roadway safety
Sept. 20: Suicide prevention, and heat and wildfire smoke exposure
Sept. 21: Safety and health for youth
Sept. 22: Grain bin safety and confined spaces
Sept. 23: Safety and health for women

National Farm Safety and Health Week has taken place the third week of September every year since 1944, when the National Safety Council coordinated the project. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Peosta campus later took control of developing and disseminating each year’s campaign materials.

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