Monthly Safety Blast – Hydration

July can be measured as the hottest month of the year especially in the southwest, causing the threat of heat illness to spike. Farmworkers are already 20 times more likely to die from heat-related illness than other workers, according to the CDC. While some are able to enjoy the summer from the pool, the dedicated … Read more

Monthly Safety Blast – Heat Safety

Beat the Heat Before URINE Trouble The heat has claimed 14 lives in the southern U.S. so far this summer. Agriculture, logging, forestry, and commercial fishing workers are exposed to extreme heat for extended periods of time on the jobsite. Proper hydration is a simple and effective method for preventing heat illness and there is … Read more

Monthly Safety Blast – Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. The Texas Department of Agriculture, the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education (SW Ag Center), and the AgriSafe Network want to break the stigma and remind producers and their families that it is okay to ask for help. The CDC defines mental health as “an important part … Read more

Monthly Safety Blast – Pesticide Exposures Among Farm Children

For most farm families, pesticides and insecticides are used frequently as a part of their agricultural operation. However, children can be exposed to these harmful chemicals if they are not properly stored, handled or applied. Parents can also unintentionally serve as “vectors” for residues transferred via their skin, clothing, and footwear into family vehicles and … Read more