“No one can take your place”, this year’s theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, is fitting for our agricultural community! The 2021 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 453 fatalities. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. Now is a great time to slow down, think twice and be safe while completing the busy harvest season.
The third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council. Check out the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website to learn more about National Farm Safety and Healthy Week 2023.
Each day during National Farm Safety & Health Week, AgriSafe and Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Program will host webinars related to the daily topic of focus. Registration links are available on the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website.
Daily Topics of Focus are as follows:
- Monday, September 18, 2023 - Equipment and Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - Health and Wellness
- Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - Priority Populations
- Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Confined Spaces
- Friday, September 22, 2023 - Brain Health
Let’s all take time to celebrate September 17-23 as National Farm Safety and Health Week.