MACON, Ga. — Sharing resources that will help farmers and ranchers keep safety top-of-mind through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) is a priority of county and state Farm Bureau leaders across the nation. As part of ASAP, Feb. 28 – March 6 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Driving Safety Home.”
A different safety focus will be highlighted each day of the week:
March 1 – Farmer Roadway Safety
March 2 – Caretaker Support
March 3 – General Farmer Wellness
March 4 – Mental Health
March 5 – Community Roadway Safety
During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau encourages farmers to make safety a priority on the farm.
“Safe practices on Georgia’s farms should be a priority, not an afterthought,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Tom McCall. “Investing in safety and health in agricultural communities can help save lives and resources by preventing injuries and lost time on the job.”
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page.
Visit the Centers’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters) for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing. Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using the hashtags #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP21 and #USAgCenters.
The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html) are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.