National Farm Safety and Health Week 2021

Information provided by OSU Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Farm Safety Yields Real Results
September 19-25, 2021

National Farm Safety and Health Week is a time to turn the spotlight on far too overlooked practices in agriculture. Safety and health always seem to ride under the radar. This week provides a space and platform for safety and health professionals across the country to curate a collective of resources to help farmers address safety and health needs and practices. Yields, loans, conservation efforts, innovative technologies, weather, inheritance tax laws and carbon credits all seem to steal the thunder and the daily headlines, but farm safety yields real results and brings everyone home at night. Take some time out of your week to turn a focus to safety, not just this week but every week! Farmers are always short on time with a long list of to-dos but setting a pace that includes doing things safely can save lives. Put safety first! Talk with your employees and family members today. Schedule safety meetings with employees or conversations around the kitchen table with family to discuss safety rules and the safety culture on your farm. Decide to tackle one area and make it better, then another, and before you know it you will lead by example to your family, employees, and community. The daily topics of focus for this year are outlined below: Continue reading

At Home Screening of Film SILO Available During Virtual FSR

Join the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety and Health Program for an at home screening of the film SILO during the virtual 2020 Farm Science Review.

SILO is the First Ever Feature Film about a Grain Entrapment. Inspired by true events, SILO follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.

Register here for the Tuesday, September 22 screening at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Register here for the Wednesday, September 23 screening at 7:00 p.m. EST.

 

Have a Safe 2020 Planting Season!

On behalf of OSU Extension Williams County, I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy planting season.

Below is a list of reminders to keep in mind during this busy season compiled by Union County OSU Extension Educator Wayne Dellinger and Dee Jepsen, PhD of the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering. You can learn more about spring farm safety here. Continue reading

Managing Stored Grain Through Winter

By:  Jason Hartschuh, CCA

Stored cornManaging stored grain throughout the winter is an important part of your grain marketing plan for farm profitability. This winter we are already receiving reports of stored grain going out of condition, which can lower the value and be a hazard to those working around the grain facility. At a minimum, stored grain that has gone out of condition can cause health hazards, especially when grain dust contains mold and bacteria. Out of condition grain can also form a crust or stick to the bin walls and if someone enters the bin for any reason an entrapment could occur. For more information on safety when working around grain visit http://go.osu.edu/AFM and listen to episode 41 of the podcast on grain bin safety. Continue reading

What’s in your Grain Dust? – OSU Extension Seeking Bins to Sample

Information provided by Dr. S Dee Jepsen, State Leader of the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program

As many farmers know, grain dust contains more than meets the eye. Moreover, the dust you inhale may also contain microbes, insects, and additional plant fodder. All of which are affected by temperature and humidity fluctuations. It is important to better understand what is in your grain dust, since many biological contaminants have been linked to health conditions like asthma and chronic bronchitis. That is why the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program wants to sample your grain dust during a loud out period. See below for study details:
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What’s in your Grain Dust?

Information provided by Dr. S Dee Jepsen, State Leader of the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program

As many farmers know, grain dust contains more than meets the eye. Moreover, the dust you inhale may also contain microbes, insects, and additional plant fodder. All of which are affected by temperature and humidity fluctuations. It is important to better understand what is in your grain dust, since many biological contaminants have been linked to health conditions like asthma and chronic bronchitis. That is why the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program wants to sample your grain dust during a loud out period. See below for study details:
Continue reading

Five Reasons to Wear Sunscreen

By:  Stephanie Karhoff

With temperatures reaching more than 95 degrees this week, it is important to protect yourself from the sun.  This is especially the case for outdoor workers, since they are at a greater risk for ultraviolet (UV) radiation and skin cancer. Here are five reasons why SPF 15 should be part of your daily routine:

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