September 18-24

Last week was national farm safety and health week

According to statistics from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), every day, approximately 100 farmworkers suffer a lost time injury, with the total industry cost exceeding $8 billion.

The most common dangers to agricultural workers include:

  • Respiratory Illness and Disease (including Farmer’s Lung and ODTS mainly from inhaling dirt and dust)
  • Skin Disorders (primarily due to sun, irritants, and allergies)
  • Hearing Loss (from working around loud equipment and machinery for extended periods of time)
  • Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (from working in the sun with limited to no shade and inadequate water consumption)
  • Sanitary Conditions and Clean Water (which should be provided by employers at all work sites)
  • Exposure to Pesticides and Toxins (steps can be taken to avoid and reduce exposure)
  • Vehicle Operations (including standard vehicles, tractors, forklifts, harvesters, plows, sprayers, ATVs, and more)
  • Heavy Machinery Operation (commonly used to prepare, clean, separate, and package the commodity)

The Equitable Food Initiative believes every day is a good day to be safe, but for National Farm Safety and Health Week National Farm Safety Health Week it’s the perfect time to share what you do to keep workers safe, to raise awareness about the many dangers and risks in farm work and to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.  Let’s take the opportunity to shine a light on safety and how every worker can protect themselves and their coworkers and keep everyone safe and healthy.

Check the infographic here.

For more information:
Equitable Food Initiative
+1 (202) 524-0540 

Publication date:

Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here

Other news in this sector:

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber

You are using software which is blocking our advertisements (adblocker).

As we provide the news for free, we are relying on revenues from our banners. So please disable your adblocker and reload the page to continue using this site.

Click here for a guide on disabling your adblocker.