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 Ag Education Classroom Materials

 
Lesson plans, handouts, and hands-on-activities on tractor and ATV /UTV safety for use in agricultural education classrooms. A corresponding online Safety Awareness Certificate exam is hosted by AET (The Agricultural Experience Tracker).
 

 ATV Safety

 
All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) are widely used in the United States for recreational purposes and a wide range of occupational applications. Learn riding essentials to stay safe while riding an ATV by watching our videos on Safer ATV Riding on Farms and Ranches. (YouTube) 
 
Also available, an ATV Rider Safety Online Course ($25)
 

 Chainsaw Safety Videos

 
Learn how to operate a chainsaw to fell trees in this two-part video series. Topics include choosing an appropriate saw, history of saws, safety features of saws, saw maintenance, how to run a saw, proper posture when using a saw, and avoiding hazardous situations.
 

 Community Animal Disaster Planning Toolkit

 
The Community Animal Disaster Planning Toolkit was developed by Colorado State University Extension in collaboration with HICAHS researchers​. The toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for building a community response plan for pets in the case of an emergency. A series of webinars and a video accompany the kit.
 

 Watch our Videos

 

The 10 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers have created a variety of health and safety videos on the following topics:

Watch these videos at www.youtube.com/usagcenters.

 

 Dairy Safety Training Videos: Considering Human and Animal Safety

 

​Today's dairy workforce needs to know how to handle large animals, operate specialized equipment, and deal with extreme weather conditions without harming themselves or animals. In this video series "Considering Human and Animal Safety," best practices are outlined on how to safely and productively care for dairy cows while reducing risk of injury to yourself.

Videos are available in English, Spanish, and K'iche.

 

 Farm Stress and Mental Health

 

Long hours, isolating work, unexpected weather, and fluctuating prices make agricultural work a stressful job. Don't tough it out alone. If you're feeling stressed, there are resources and people waiting to help:

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
Avera Farm Stress Hotline (Dakotas): 1-800-691-4336
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Support your community, and watch out for your neighbors. Check out these resources to help you know what to look for and how to help:

 

 HICAHS Newsletters

 
Stay up to date on the latest HICAHS resources and publications by reading our quarterly e-newsletter (archived here). Subscribe here to get the next edition sent straight to your inbox.
 

 Respiratory Safety

 

Dusty environments on the farm or ranch can irritate your nose and lungs. This factsheet has tips on how to use an N95 filtering facepiece respirator to protect yourself. Available in English and Spanish.

To be effective, a respirator needs to fit properly. View a map of fit testing providers in the region. Know of a location that needs to be added to the map? Email us at hicahs@colostate.edu.
 

 Universal Lift-Assist Lever for Foldable ROPS

 

Some farmers prefer to have the option to fold down the rollover protective structure (ROPS) on their tractor so that it won’t interfere with low-hanging branches in their orchards or other vertical clearance structures. Unfortunately, folding the ROPS often requires many steps. As a result, ROPS are left folded down and then do not provide the protection needed in an overturn. HICAHS researchers designed, built, and tested a universal lift-assist lever that allows operators to raise and lower a foldable ROPS from the operator seat.

Download the computer-aided design (CAD) drawings to build your own universal lift-assist lever for your foldable ROPS. The drawings are available for free here.​ 
The universal lift-assist lever was designed using public funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers​ for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, these designs are free to use and distribute free of charge. No other entities may make claims of ownership on the design.
 

 Wildfire Smoke Information for Outdoor Workers

 

Wildfire smoke is harmful to human health and is especially burdensome to those with respiratory conditions like asthma. Unlike most occupations, workers in farming, forestry, and fishing have limited capacity to alter their work hours or move indoors to prevent exposure to smoke. Click the links below for state-specific resources and advice for reducing your exposure to harmful wildfire smoke.

Colorado (English)
Colorado (Spanish)
Montana
North & South Dakota
Utah
Wyoming

Gen​eral (not state-specific)
General (Spanish)

Other Resources

 

 AgrAbility

 
AgrAbility provides education and assistance to disabled agricultural workers. The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. While the term "disability" often brings to mind conditions such as spinal cord injuries and amputations, AgrAbility addresses not only these but also many other conditions, such as arthritis, back impairments, and behavioral health issues. AgrAbility can provide the tools and gear so that disabled workers can return to work.
 

 AgriSafe Network

 
The AgriSafe Network provides education and training to agricultural health and safety professionals. They are broadly known for providing free webinars on staying healthy and safe in agriculture. They also provide a course for rural health providers on agricultural medicine, a course for college students on agricultural health and safety, risk assessment tools, and safety videos. Visit their safety store to get the right type of personal protective equipment for your agricultural job.
 

 Centers fo Agricultural Safety and Health

 
HICAHS is just one of 11 regional "Ag Centers" across the country, all focused on reducing on-the-job injuries and illnesses found in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Visit their websites for more research-based resources and information.

The centers also have a joint YouTube page with videos and trainings on a wide variety of topics.
Find videos at www.youtube.com/usagcenters.
 

 eXtension: Ag Safety and Health Resource Area

 
 A one-stop shop for all your agricultural safety and health needs. Take online courses to strengthen your health and safety knowledge, visit "Ask an Expert" to get your questions answered, and access other articles and resources such as the Farm Family Emergency Response Program
 

 National Ag Safety Database

 
​The National Ag Safety Database (NASD) is a repository of health and safety information for agriculture. Search the database for health and safety publications produced by Ag Centers, Extension groups, and other health and safety organizations.
 

 National ROPS Rebate Program

 

​The National ROPS Rebate Program (NRRP) is a voluntary program that provides rebates for approximately 70%* of the cost of purchasing and installing a ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure; rollbar) kit. Funding is currently available in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York,  Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin; however, the National Tractor Safety Coalition is working to ensure funding across the United States. Visit www.ropsr4u.org or call 1-877-767-7748 for more information.

*Exact rebate varies by state

 

 North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks

 
Many children get excellent hands-on work experience when they are raised on a farm, but have you checked if your child is ready to do the work?  Review the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks to check if your child has learned the appropriate skills to do a task correctly and safely.  
 

 OSHA Consultation

 
​OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. When your business receives an OSHA consultation, no citations or penalties are incurred for violation of OSHA standards, nor will the results be reported to OSHA enforcement staff. Find an OSHA Consultation Program in your state, or visit their website for information: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html
 

 Progressive Agriculture Foundation

 
​Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are fun, educational events that teach children lessons to help keep them and those around them safe and healthy. While the basic program is designed for 8- to 13-year-old children, Safety Days may adjusted to accommodate younger children or entire families. Safety Days can be open to the entire community or they may be customized for specific schools, or classes.
 

 SAY Clearinghouse

 
The SAY Project has developed a National Clearinghouse that shows the alignment of agricultural safety and health curriculum and educational resources to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards used by agricultural educators. SAY is funded by the USDA.