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 in Agriculture
Focus groups held by HICAHS and Montana State University Extension revealed four primary uses of ATVs on Montana ranches: animal handling, fence building and mending, weed control/spraying and general transportation. The resources listed below provide information on increasing safety while using ATVs for these activities:
ATV Rider Safety Online Course ($25) The purpose of this training is to increase awareness of the risks and hazards associated with riding ATVs and to advocate for safer riding strategies to prevent injury and fatality.
Look under the Video Resources section for additional ATV safety information.
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.
Respiratory Safety - Breathe Better with an N95 Respirator
Dusty environments on the farm or ranch can irritate your nose and lungs. This fact sheet has tips on how to use an N95 filtering facepiece respirator. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
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.
For free, immediate crisis services, contact one of the following:
- Colorado Crisis Services:1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255
- Avera Farm Stress Hotline (Dakotas):1-800-691-4336
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255 or through online chat
To find local behavioral health professionals, contact:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
- Therapist Locator
- Psychology Today – Find a Therapist
- NetworkTherapy.com – Therapist Directory
Depression is a serious, life-threatening condition that affects an estimated 19 million Americans. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help people know when to seek professional help.
- Depression Basics (National Institute of Mental Health)
- Depression Overview (Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Suicide prevention and mental health crisis trainings for bystanders. These evidence-based trainings equip family, friends, and other community bystanders with the tools to help people experiencing mental health crisis.
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:
- Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals (Colorado State University Extension)
- Signs and Symptoms of Stress (Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center)
- Communicating with Farmers Under Stress (Michigan State University)
- How to Handle Stress on the Farm (Michigan State University)
- Montana Ag Producer Farm Stress Resource Clearinghouse (Montana State University)
- CSU Extension Resources for dealing with home, family, and finances (Colorado State University)
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.
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.
If you cannot shift work to be indoors, wearing an N95 respirator is the next best protection against wildfire smoke. Due to COVID-19, these respirators are in limited supply. Contact your county’s emergency manger to inquire about the availability of this and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Chainsaw Safety Videos
Learn how to operate a chainsaw to fell trees in this two-part chainsaw safety 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.
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. This video series “Considering Human and Animal Safety,”outlines best practices on how to safely and productively care for dairy cows while reducing risk of injury to yourself.
- Video 1: Introduction (1:14)
- Video 2: Outside Animal Care (8:59)
- Video 3: Milking Barn Safety (5:05)
- Video 4: Feeding and Other Safety Issues (4:20)
- Video 5: General & Outside Safety (17:54)
- Video 6: Milker & Calf Caretaker Safety (11:43)
- Video 7: Feeder Safety (7:01)
Safer ATV Riding on Farms and Ranches
- Video 1: Introduction to Safer Riding on ATVs in Agriculture (2:26)
- Video 2: Clothing and Protective Gear that You Need when Riding Your ATV in Agriculture (1:53)
- Video 3: Know how to Operate Your ATV Controls to Improve Your Safety (1:32)
- Video 4: Riding Strategies for Improving Your Safety on ATVs in Agriculture (4:29)
- Video 5: Riding Uphill, Downhill, Traversing, and Other Advanced Techniques on your ATV (5:31)
- Video 6: Review of Key Points for Safer ATV Riding in Agriculture (2:31)
Zoonotic Disease Prevention: Best Practices for Staying Healthy at the Dairy Farm
US Ag Safety & Health Centers YouTube Channel
Video trainings on additional topics (pesticides, respiratory protection, and more) are available on the U.S. Ag Health and Safety Centers’ joint YouTube page.
We understand that limited access to broadband internet may prohibit you from streaming video as part of your worker safety training. If you would like an offline version of the videos above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-491-3064.
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