Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | August 14, 2012

Agricultural Health & Safety Trivia I – Answers

As previously mentioned in last week’s post, ranching and farming are some of the most dangerous occupations. Workers in the agricultural industry face many challenges and hazards on a daily basis, which is all the more reason we emphasize the importance of safety, health and prevention. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths occur annually in farming. Furthermore, limited resources in rural areas and additional risk factors can create compounded challenges in farming and ranching. Agricultural safety knowledge and practices are key factors in reducing risk and preventing accidents. Below are the answers to last week’s trivia questions!

  • When it comes to agricultural safety structures, what does ROPS stand for?

ROPS stands for Roll-over Protective Structures, which are highly effective at reducing tractor roll-over fatalities. More information and safety tips on this can be found on the National Ag Safety Database’s ROPS webpage:  http://nasdonline.org/document/1769/d001733/rollover-protective-structures-rops.html.  

  • In terms of personal safety, what does PPE stand for, and what would some examples be?

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment, of which there are all kinds for all different types of job tasks. Examples of PPE include hearing protection (ear plugs), eye protection (goggles/glasses), skin protection (sun screen) and gloves. Personal Protective Equipment is essential for safety on the job and preventing injury and illness. More information on a range of PPE can be found on the National Ag Safety Database’s General PPE webpage:  http://nasdonline.org/browse/232/general.html.

  • What are some of the health risks involved in working outdoors?

There are many risks involved in working outdoors, the majority of which involve exposure to the elements. Farmers and ranchers work in all types of weather and are often exposed to extreme temperatures. Risks include heat-related illness, cold-related illness and injury, sun exposure and risk of developing skin cancer. Other outdoor issues that pose risks include flooding, lightning storms, fires and poor air quality, tornadoes and exposure to biting/stinging insects and pesticides. Safety tips for outdoor risks and detailed information on weather-related injury and illness can be found at the National Ag Safety Database: http://nasdonline.org/.  

  • What are three things you can do to avoid heat-related illness?

There are many things you can do to avoid heat-related illness, including consuming plenty of hydrating fluids, taking breaks throughout the day in a cool area, and wearing light, loose-fitting clothing. Resources and information on heat-related illness can be found on the following CDC-NIOSH webpage:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/#recworkers.

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

National Ag Safety Database. http://nasdonline.org/.

– OSHA Fact Sheet: Farm Safety. (2005). http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/FarmFactS2.pdf

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Heat Stress. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/#recworkers.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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