A few days ago, we got a tweet from the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Youth Education in Agriculture requesting a post on careers in farm safety.
You ask, we’ll deliver. So I started researching. The variety of farm safety efforts and positions might surprise you.
To see it all laid out at once surprised me – and I work in it every day!
There are dozens of industries and subsets that touch farm safety. So many, in fact, the thought of writing this post was a little daunting. I’ve broken it down into a series of posts that are – hopefully – a little easier to digest.
Agriculture is a very dynamic industry. Which means farm safety has to be equally dynamic. In order to accomplish that, the issue is tackled from several different avenues. So I divided the movement into five main areas.
For profit companies
Companies from all corners of agriculture have embraced safety as part of their responsibility. From equipment manufacturers designing safety features on new models to seed companies stressing chemical safety, it’s becoming more common place for businesses within agriculture to assign someone, or a team of people, to address safety as it applies their corner of the industry. And it applies to every single facet of agriculture.
Several non-profit organizations have made safety or farm safety the center of its efforts. Some are broad, and farm safety and health is one of the many topics they cover. Others are narrowly focused on increasing awareness of one specific topic.
University and extension
The academic side of farm safety typically focuses on education and/or research. People at various colleges and universities are following farm safety looking for trends in accidents, injuries, fatalities, and education.
The unfortunate truth is farm safety is often born from tragedy. The medical field witnesses first hand the dangers in the faces of the patients suffering from farm accidents. In response, the medical field has supported the movement in a number of ways.
Farm safety exists, in some form, at all levels of government. Sometimes it’s a formal position or just a part of someone’s job duties. Occasionally farm safety is something elected government officials have to keep in mind.
Farm safety “lives” in a lot of different places. In future posts, we’ll dissect each area and talk about specific jobs.
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