About Us

High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Established in 1991

The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety conducts research, education and prevention/intervention programs to improve the health and safety of those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing in the High Plains and Intermountain Region of the United States.

High Plains Intermountain Region

One of 11 Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), we focus our efforts in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

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152,600+ farms and ranches across the region
One-third of U.S. wheat grown in the region
$4.9 billion annually in dairy products produced
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Worker health and safety is essential to sustaining a productive work environment. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities in the United States. Our multidisciplinary team is helping to solve this public health problem through sound research and interventions on topics such as tractor roll-overs, respiratory disease, middle-manager training, youth education and more. The dairy industry is a special emphasis area.

Review Current & Past Research Projects

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Grant Programs

We award up to $100,000 annually through our three grant programs. These funds support worker safety and health research and community programs in the region.

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Our outreach program helps translate our research into practice. We provide technical assistance, consultation, educational materials and training activities to promote the adoption of safer work practices.

Worker Health and Safety Resources