187648 Safety Guidelines for Hired Adolescent Farm Workers

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mary E. Miller, MN, RN , Employment Standards Program, Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, WA
Regina Fischer, MS , National Children's Center, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield, WI
Barbara Lee, PhD , National Children's Center Rural & Agric Health & Safety, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, WI
Barbara Mulhern , RB Editorial & Consulting, Inc, Belleville, WI
With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health (NIOSH), a project team led by staff of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety in Marshfield, Wisconsin initiated a project to develop and distribute user-friendly safety resources that highlight relevant regulations and enhance the ability to effectively assign tasks and supervise adolescent farm workers. To date, the English and Spanish version resources address: 1) Characteristics of Adolescent Workers; 2) Working Outdoors; 3) Harvesting Tree Fruit and Climbing a Ladder; 4) Basic Tractor Operations; 5) Working with Large Animals: 6) Working with Utility Vehicles; and 7) Hand Harvesting Fruit and Vegetables. Depending on the agricultural operation, an employer would likely select three of the above topics for use.

Each colorful, illustrated poster addresses supervisor responsibilities for ensuring work conditions are appropriate and adequate and for assessing their teen workers. Training and supervision tips, specific to teens and to each job, are provided. Each poster includes illustrations of three main hazards and three points to remember for quick reference. Finally, each poster includes pertinent federal regulations and referrals to obtain state-specific child labor regulations. By late 2008 these new guidelines will be widely available, distributed to agricultural employers through the internet, agricultural media, and producer organizations. This poster presentation will include samples of the guidelines and strategies to obtain feedback from supervisors of youth, as well as pilot testing of the materials.

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop an understanding the rationale and use for the materials presented 2. Assess the efficacy of this method and style of presented materials 3. Describe different techniques for distribution of these safety training guidelines to employers of young workers

Keywords: Adolescents, Agricultural Work Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a co-investigator on this project
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.