Agricultural Safety & Rescue Division Classes

April 14, 2021

9:00 am
Produce Safety and Microbial Risk Management Involving Food Safety (Basic) Phil Tocco, On-Farm Food Safety Educator, Michigan State University Extension; and Heather Borden, Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator, Michigan State University Extension.

The consumers of food expect the food to be safe to eat and enjoy.  There is lots of work done behind the scenes to make that happen.  Safety from the farm, to industry, to the store, to the table is required to keep your food safe to eat.  How is that work done and what are the rules that makes that all happen?

11:30 am
Root Cause Analysis In Agricultural Accidents And Injuries (Intermediate) Chris Eckert, President, Sologic.

The “Root Cause Analysis” techniques are very helpful in determining the cause of accidents involving agricultural workers, equipment and processes.  The ability to prevent them comes from truly understanding what happened and what went wrong.

1:45 pm
Keeping Agriculture Workers Healthy – COVID-19 Preparedness Plans and E-tools (Basic-Advanced) Dr. Melissa Millerick-May, PhD, MSc, Michigan State Extension; and Dr. Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Michigan State University.

The speakers will provide a brief overview of COVID-19 and how it has impacted the agricultural community.  MIOSHA and MDHHS orders specific to agriculture will be explored, including those that deal with pandemic preparedness plans, assistance with conducting task-based hazard assessments and the development of tailored mitigation strategies.  The MSUE Covid-19 Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Program (MSUE CHAMP) e-tool will be introduced as a means by which users can obtain useful and agriculture-centric information specific to COVID-19, development and/or updating of pandemic preparedness plans, and utility of the tool beyond COVID-19 to manage on-farm health and safety activity.

3:15 pm
Do Agriculture Accidents And Injuries Have Trends? (Basic-Advanced) Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Michigan State University.

Not all agriculture accidents, injuries and deaths are tracked and investigated by governmental agencies.  Michigan State University does track all of the incidents, injuries and deaths and provides information back to the agricultural industry about what is happening.  Does their investigation show trends that can be used to teach safety programs, adjust regulations and rules, make the work processes safer and help keep the worker accident, injury and fatality safer?

  • Chair:  Rich Mahaney, PEM, Mahaney Loss Control Services
  • Division:  Craig Anderson, Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Mary Carper, CSP, Zeeland Farm Services, Inc.
  • Stan Moore, MSU Extension Farm Management Educator
  • Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH, Michigan State University
  • Cindy Pauley, COSS, COHC, Sologic
Future Meeting Dates

April 13-14, 2021, Virtual Conference
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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