PARK RIDGE, IL — The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that brings the organizations together to advance workplace safety and health in the farming industry. The agreement comes during National Farm Safety and Health Week, which raises awareness of the need to better protect agricultural workers across the country.
The agricultural sector is the most dangerous job category in America, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2018, the farming segment reported 574 fatalities, or 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time – now in progress – is one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons for the agriculture industry.
“We share a commitment to taking action to eliminate worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities,” said ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN. “We strive for greater awareness of occupational safety and health issues, especially in the farming industry that carries an increased risk for many workers.”
The two organizations will share best practices and work together to advance issues of common interest, increase educational opportunities and improve occupational safety and health practices and outcomes.
“Our council works to raise the profile of worker safety within agriculture and helps get safety information into the hands of those who need it,” said ASHCA Chair Jess McCluer, vice president, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, at the National Grain and Feed Association. “Collaborating with ASSP brings a new level of experience to that effort that will improve the well-being of farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers.”
About ASSP – Working together for a safer, stronger future
For more than 100 years, the American Society of Safety Professionals has been at the forefront of helping occupational safety and health professionals protect people and property. The nonprofit society is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Its global membership of nearly 40,000 professionals covers all industries, developing safety and health management plans that prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths. ASSP advances its members and the safety profession through education, advocacy, standards and a professional community. Its flagship publication, Professional Safety, is a longtime leader in the field. Visit www.assp.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2007, is a coalition of agricultural business leaders, producer associations, risk managers and others joining together with safety associations, federal and state agencies, educational institutions and safety professionals. ASHCA pursues national strategies to create a less-hazardous work environment for U.S. agriculture while proactively addressing ongoing and emerging occupational safety and health issues. Visit us at www.ashca.org.
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