National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 17–23, 2017
By The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, (563) 557-0354
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 2017 theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Putting Farm Safety into Practice”. Go to NECAS website, www.necasag.org for information and public service announcements. This year’s theme is one that hits home and reminds us that it is everyone’s responsibility for safety both on the farm and the rural roadways of America. The new data for the Department of Labor shows the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 570 fatalities, which equals 22.8 deaths per 100,000 workers. When combining all labor sectors the death rate was 3.4 percent.
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.