WASHINGTON — The best agricultural safety videos are one click away on the new YouTube channel, “U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers,” at www.youtube.com/USagCenters. The channel is a joint project of the 10 Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Extension agents and educators, agricultural science teachers, producers/owner/operators, first responders and agricultural families may all find value in the videos, said project leader Amanda Wickman, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (Texas).
Videos can be used during job orientation, safety/health education, 4-H meetings, high school or college classes. One benefit of YouTube is that videos can be accessed from a mobile device to conduct tailgate trainings in the field.
“NIOSH established the Centers to protect the safety and health of more than 5.5 million full- and part-time contract and seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry, and fishing, as well as farm family members,” said Wickman.
“Many Centers have created videos for this purpose, and we’re trying to enhance dissemination to people who can benefit most from them.”
The channel launched Nov. 1. Each video has been produced and reviewed by content experts. The site will include new additions regularly.
Topics include: respiratory protection, livestock safety, tractor and machinery safety, child development, emergency response, grain safety, pesticide safety, heat illness prevention, ladder safety and hearing protection.
For more information visit www.youtube.com/USagCenters, or contact Allison DeVries at USagCenters@gmail.com.