The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) is a coalition of organizations that work together to help keep children safe on the farm. These organizations represent the agricultural community, child injury prevention, minority-serving associations and related industry organizations.
Upcoming Free Webinar
Youth Working in Agriculture: Keeping them safe while they learn and grow
April 4, 2018, 12:00 p.m. CT
Work is inherently good for children and youth – and agriculture offers many opportunities for them to develop work skills, learn responsibility and leadership, and gain an appreciation for farming and related industries. We also know that agricultural work can be dangerous, and that many youth are injured or killed while working in agricultural jobs. Join us as we discuss strategies to help safeguard our youth, such as assigning age appropriate tasks, providing good supervision, addressing hazards, and providing personal protective equipment. We’ll provide you with links to free resources and information you can use to keep youth safe while working on the farm or ranch, enabling them to learn and grow from their work experience.
Presenter: Marsha Salswedel, MS
Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health
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Accessing and Using Free Resources for Teaching Fall and Electrical Safety
September 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. CT
Falls and electricity are some of the most common types of hazards encountered in agriculture. This session introduces free materials that can be used to educate others about these hazards. While these materials are ideal for school agricultural classes, the curriculum, including optional interactive activities, also work well for community education. In this “train the trainer” webinar, we will explore the different types of falls experienced on farms and how to protect against them, including fall protection systems. We will then discuss the issues associated with electrical hazards and explore strategies to prevent injuries and fatalities when working around electricity. The session will wrap up with a brief overview of other free instructional materials that can be used in combination with the fall and electrical materials to create a more comprehensive agricultural safety program.
Children and Youth: Living, Working and Playing Safely on Farms
September 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. CT
Farms and ranches are great places to live, work and play, and there are numerous benefits to growing up on them. However, agricultural worksites are among the most dangerous in the U.S., resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities to youth. For working youth, too many of these injuries and deaths are the result of performing work that does not match their abilities. Join us as we discuss “Putting Farm Safety Into Practice,” featuring the newly released Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines, which help parents and supervisors assign age appropriate tasks to youth. We’ll also discuss non-working children and visitors to farms and ranches, and ways to keep them safe.
Does your 14- or 15-year-old youth want to work in production agriculture?
If they are working off of the family farm or ranch for hire and will be operating tractors or machinery, they need to successfully complete a Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture program. The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP), available through Penn State University, is a national program that provides locally led training by county extension educators, high school agricultural educators, or other safety professionals.
For more information about NSTMOP visit www.ntmop.psu.edu or call 814.865.7685
I didn’t KNOW
In the U.S. about 40,000 children under the age of 16 are treated in emergency departments for ATV-related injuries each year.
ATV riding is not child’s play.