National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 16–22, 2018
Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council (NSC) and over the years, the development and dissemination of National Farm Safety and Health Week materials has shifted to the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). NECAS is the agricultural partner for NSC and has been serving the agricultural family and business community since 1997.
The 2018 theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety”, with a special focus each day:
- Monday - Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday - Health/Suicide/Opioids
- Wednesday - Child/Youth Health and Safety
- Thursday - Confined Spaces in Agriculture
- Friday - Tractor Safety
Go to the NECAS website for more information and links to daily webinars. It is everyone’s responsibility for safety both on the farm and the rural roadways of America. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 593 fatalities in 2016 (an increase from the previous year), which equals 23.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. When combining all labor sectors the death rate was 3.6 percent, the highest since 2008.
As we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, please join us in promoting safe and healthy practices on our farms and ranches across the U.S. and in our neighboring countries as producers enter the harvest season.NECAS Twitter