Young Agricultural Workers Course Descriptions

1.  Say What? Protecting Your Hearing

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) may affect up to 2 million youth in the United States. The use of earphones for media and sound devices compounds the risks young producers face when exposed to excessive loud noise. The young producer works in an environment with noise hazards and plays in an environment with noise hazards. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is common (and preventable) but unfortunately, use of hearing protection among youth is not.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 
  • describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear;
  • identify harmful exposures which  have the potential to cause hearing damage;
  • identify preventive strategies to reduce exposure to noise and
  • describe appropriate selection and use of personal protective equipment.

2.  Cover up! Head to Toe Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) recommended for many farm tasks. In agriculture, people work in a variety of environments and are exposed to several safety, health, environmental, biological, and respiratory hazards.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • understand the purpose of PPE;
  • recognize and understand how to use essential PPE;
  • learn prevention of exposures though the use of Head to Toe Protection, AgriSafe’s fact sheet.

3.  Stay Cool! Prevention of Heat Related Illness

In 2014, 253,000 young workers between the ages of 16 – 24 were employed in agriculture. In production agriculture, it is common to work in a hot environment and/or in direct sunlight. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die.  Heat-related illnesses, while potentially deadly, are easily preventable.

By the end of this session, participants will learn to:

  • identify the various types of heat related illnesses,
  • identify warning signs of life threatening exposure,
  • learn immediate care procedures,
  • be able to access educational resources.

4.  Stop Zoonosis it its Tracks - Prevention of Zoonosis

Agricultural producers are at high risk for acquiring a zoonotic disease related to their work environment with minimal information related to risks, symptoms and prevention. The majority of emerging infectious diseases in the U.S. are zoonotic in nature. They are often difficult to determine and many go unreported for a variety of reasons.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • define zoonotic disease and identify various modes of transmission;
  • locate recommended educational resources for use in educational programs;
  • discuss warning signs and symptoms of major zoonotic diseases;
  • identify zoonotic diseases affecting the production agricultural population.

5.  Where Y’at - Using Mapping to Define Hazards in Agriculture

A Hazard Map is a visual representation of the workplace where there are hazards that could cause injuries or illness.  The Hazard Mapping method draws on what students know from their farming experience. It is a hands on, interactive learning opportunity. The Hazard Mapping approach works best when conducted among a small group of students with some similarity in their work and exposures.  

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • examine the hazards in agricultural production;
  • identify and locate hazards so that those hazards can be targeted for elimination;
  • embrace a participatory process;
  • respect the vast array of skill, experience and know-how that students have about their farm jobs and their dangers;
  • collectively and creatively pool knowledge and prioritize problems to eliminate.

For More Info - contact Natalie Roy at nroy@agrisafe.org , 985-845-1116