GEAR UP for AG HEALTH & SAFETY

Core Program

Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety™ focuses on educating the next generation of agriculture by interacting with students at Ag Colleges. The program reaches multi-generations living and working together in agriculture through sharing of information with family and friends.

This program is applicable to any post-secondary Ag student attending trade schools, colleges and universities. Benefits of the program reach those engaged in agriculture including Ag business, Ag extension, Ag education, Ag trades, on farm work, public health, veterinary medicine, and many more applications.

Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety™ is an interactive program that starts with a student pre-survey resulting in customized trainings that deliver an Ag health and safety message directly related to exposures at work and home. Trainings include interactive demonstrations, engaging content and distribution of personal protective equipment. Post-surveys assist with instructor communication, comparison of international students, program development and evaluation.

Program Options

Three levels of programs are available to fit the needs of different student groups and classroom settings. Each program can be adapted to include multi-generational groups and workers.

Level 1 – Required Time: 3 or more hours

  • Pre-Survey of student/participant
  • Lecture – Ag Health and Safety high risk areas in agriculture with preventive health and safety strategies
  • Interactive demonstration of personal protective equipment for many types of agricultural exposures with discussion of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for individual exposures.
  • Resource discussion and distribution including local and regional resources.
  • Distribution of PPE Startup Kit
  • Post survey of student/participant

Health Screenings:

With adequate time and local health care provider resources students/participants can also have a mini health screening. Examples are hearing screening, blood pressure and BMI screenings.

PPE Kit

This requires time to provide correct size of gloves, coverall and correct half mask respirator for each student. A respirator fit check must also be done for each student. This option also requires space for these items to be located and each student to try on items as needed.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Disposable chemical resistant gloves
  • Reusable chemical resistant gloves (choice of size)
  • Disposable chemical resistant gloves
  • Hearing protection – ear plug type
  • 2 strap filtering face piece respirator
  • 3M coverall (choice of size)
  • Half mask cartridge respirator
  • Reuseable P100 filters for half mask respirator (1 set)

When selecting an Level 1 it is important to consider the number of students. The optimum number of students is 30 or less per class. We can accommodate larger classes with adequate resources, time and available space.

Level 2 – Time: 2 hours

  • Pre-Survey of student/participant
  • Lecture – Ag Health and Safety high risk areas in agriculture with preventive health and safety strategies
  • Interactive demonstration of personal protective equipment for all
    types of agricultural exposures with discussion of appropriate PPE for individual exposures.
  • Resource discussion and distribution including local and regional resources.
  • Distribution of PPE Kit
  • Post Survey of student/participant

Level 2 PPE Kit

This requires time to provide correct size of gloves and coverall and respirator for each student. Also requires space for these items to be located and each student to try on items as needed.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Disposable chemical resistant gloves
  • Reusable chemical resistant gloves (choice of size)
  • Hearing protection – ear plug type
  • 2 strap filtering face piece respirator (3M 8511)
  • 3M coverall (choice of size)
  • Reusable half mask cartridge respirator*
  • P100 filters for half mask respirator (1 set)

*Students who want a reusable half mask cartridge respirator will need additional time after the 2-hour session.

Level 3 – Time: 1 1/2 hours

  • Pre-Survey of student/participant
  • Lecture – Basic introduction of Ag Health and Safety including high risk areas in agriculture with preventive health and safety strategies
  • Interactive demonstration of personal protective equipment for all types of agricultural exposures with discussion of appropriate PPE for individual exposures.
  • Demonstration of basic personal protective equipment
  • Discussion of resources
  • Distribution of PPE Kit
  • Post Survey of student/participant

Level 3 PPE Kit

This does not require additional interaction with each student – this packet can be prepared ahead of time if needed to save time or if there is not adequate space for students to walk through a line to pick up supplies.

  • Safety Glasses
  • Disposable chemical resistant gloves
  • Reusable chemical resistant gloves (choice of size)
  • Hearing protection – ear plug type
  • 2 strap filtering face piece respirator
  • 3M coverall (choice of size)
  • Reusable half mask cartridge respirator*
  • P100 filters for half mask respirator (1 set)

*Students who want a reusable half mask cartridge respirator will need additional time after the 2-hour session.

 

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Multi Gen Ag Health

To find out more about the Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety Program watch this short video that was produced at Iowa State AgEds 450 farm in February 2018. Listen to instructors and students talk about the value they find in this program.