Careers in farm safety: Government & Medical

We’re taking a tour of careers in farm safety. So far we’ve talked about positions in for-profit companies and non-profit organizations.

Now we’re going to wade into the government realm of farm safety. There are several areas of government on every level (federal, state, county, etc) that employ farm safety.

Photo courtesy of the USDA

On a federal level there’s the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), of course. Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) and the Department of Labor also have farm safety elements.

And the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is the umbrella organization of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH funds the 10 Ag Centers across the country and the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

Both the Ag Centers and the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety focus solely on farm safety.

Matter of fact, this blog you’re reading is part of a project funded by one of the NIOSH Ag Centers (Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health) to see if social media is an effective way to start conversations about farm safety.

That’s a whole lotta acronyms. Are you confused yet?

And that’s just the federal level. Each individual state could have similar organizations that include or focus on farm safety as well.

It’s probably unlikely a county government would have a specific organization devoted to farm safety. But you can be certain it’s a part of processes and procedures for county boards of supervisors in rural areas.

An example: a board of supervisors deciding to implement a 911 address system in the county to make it easier for first responders to access rural areas. Farm safety.

First responders, you say?

Yep. There’s another field that’s heavily involved in farm safety. The medical field sees first hand the dangers of agriculture in the face of their patients. From the first responder to the doctor doing surgery, in rural areas the medical field often becomes the biggest farm safety advocates. In some cases, hospitals in rural areas have safety specialists on staff designed to help educate the community about the potential dangers in the hopes of reducing the number of accidents.

So what does that mean for Joe College Student? Here’s a list of actual job titles involving farm safety in both the government and medical areas:

– RN
– Research assistant
– Research study coordinator
– Ag safety specialist
– Occupational health nurse
– Ag safety and health scientist
– Director
– Farm safety educator
– Statistician
– Research psychologist
– Principal investigator of education and outreach
– Social scientist
– Program specialist

About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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