National Farm Safety and Health Week: Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
Rural American is a great place to grow up. Learning the value of hard work and appreciating the land instills good work ethic and sets a young person up for success. However, the agricultural workplace can be dangerous. It is up to the parents to make smart choices about the tasks assigned to children. There are many jobs on the farm that children can perform safely. The updated Youth Work Guidelines available from the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is a practical tool for parents to use in assessing child readiness. For younger children, parents should designate a safe play area separate from the worksite and supervise their activities.
Wonderful resources are also available from the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers. Visit YouTube.com/usagcenters for health and safety videos on equipment safety and child development.
Safeguarding Children and Youth who Live, Work and Play on Farms and Ranches (Noon CDT)
Presenter – National Children’s Center
Exploring the Invest in Your Health Trainer Exchange (2:00 p.m. CDT)
Presenter – Natalie Roy, MPH