Food and Farm Safety
On-Farm Safety & Survey Training
The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) offers on-farm safety programs to any type of agricultural operation, including but not limited to Dairy, Vegetable, Livestock, Orchard, Crop, Greenhouse, and Equine. These services are voluntary, confidential and no cost to the farm owner. This project is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Labor Hazard Abatement Board. Safety surveys look at potential hazards around the farmstead, tractors and machinery and regarding use of personal protective equipment. They can take up to 1.5 hours and are geared to the farm owner/designee, but can include others, such as family members or workers. A checklist is used and a copy of this will be provided to you after the survey. Safety training topics can include Tractor & Machinery, Skidsteer, Forklift, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication Standard (Chemical Safety), Animal Safety, Safe Lifting & Carrying, and Worker Protection Standard. Other farm safety topics can be presented upon request and all safety-training topics can be conducted in Spanish. Each farm that completes an on-farm safety survey or training receives a certificate of completion and a copy of the training roster. For On-Farm Safety Surveys and other safety training topics please call NYCAMH staff at 800-343-7527 or via email. Jim Carrabba ext 239 or email@example.com, Anna Meyerhoff ext 291 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Sharon Scofield ext 236 or email@example.com. http://www.nycamh.com/programs/farmsafetytrainings/.
Helping Farmers Cope with Stress
Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, plant pests, livestock diseases, and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has put together a website of resources for farmers and their families during these stressful times. NY FarmNet and Farm Partners, an affiliate of NY Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, offer similar resources. University of Maine CE: http://umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/farmers-under-stress/. NY FarmNet: http://nyfarmnet.org. Farm Partners: http://www.nycamh.com/newyork/farmpartners/
Cornell University Food Safety Lab
The Food Safety Laboratory was established by the Department of Food Science at Cornell as a biosecurity level 2 laboratory to facilitate research on foodborne pathogens. Since 1994, the laboratory has been under the direction of Kathryn Boor, associate professor of food processing microbiology. Current research activities focus on the genetics, pathogenesis, evolution, ecology, and physiology of foodborne bacterial pathogens, including Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Listeria monocytogenes, and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. The mission of the Food Safety Laboratory is to facilitate basic and applied research on the microorganisms responsible for foodborne diseases and food spoilage. Results from these research programs are translated into practical applications through close interactions with extension programs in the Department of Food Science and in other departments. http://foodscience.cornell.edu/cals/foodsci/research/labs/boor/.
Penn State Food Safety Home Page
The Department of Food Science at Penn State University combines a user-friendly environment with a farm-to-fork approach for quick retrieval of food safety information pertaining to the entire food system. Unique to this site are two databases with over 1300 links to online food safety resources. http://foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm
Cornell University’s GAPs programs provides a book for farmers on food safety tips to practice from planting to post-harvest. http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/FSBFEng.html.
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