Registration is open for the North American Agricultural Safety Summit (March 22-24), an interactive online forum designed for risk managers, agricultural industry leaders, researchers, educators, government officials and others interested in improving worker safety in one of the nation’s most hazardous industries.
The summit will be hosted by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), an industry-led, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
“Safety in agricultural production is a responsibility that cannot be left to regulators,” said Jess McCluer, board chair of ASHCA, and vice president of safety and regulatory affairs at the National Grain and Feed Association. “Not only is safety important for individual employees, but it also is one of the key business excellence areas that determine long-term sustainability.”
Keynote speaker John Howard, M.D., director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss emerging issues in agricultural occupational safety, including specific efforts to keep workers safe during COVID-19.
The impact of the pandemic on worker protection is the topic of special “lessons learned” panels looking at large operations as well as small- and mid-sized farms.
A new feature, “Tools of the Trade,” will be available throughout the summit. These video demonstrations will spotlight interactive safety “tools” and supporting materials that can be used by producers and organizations to increase safety in their operations. Opportunities to interact with session hosts are built into the agenda and available by appointment.
The summit will also include the presentation of safety achievement awards, and a screening of the movie “Silo” followed by a panel discussion with the movie’s producer.
Summit topics include:
§ COVID-19, lessons learned and safety adaptations
§ Emerging technologies
§ Immigration policy and worker housing
§ Child care model programs to protect working and non-working children
§ Dealing with marijuana and opioids at work
§ Heat and other extreme weather
Like previous ASHCA-hosted events, the 2021 summit will focus on strengthening relationships to identify, test and implement cost-effective, practical safety strategies that enhance the well-being of workers in agriculture.
Registration is $100 for ASHCA members, $125 for non-members. Click for more information on attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at the summit.