Personal Safety

Stay safe and protect those around you, using best practices, including manure gas monitoring and safety, as well as manure storage hazards. Be cautious about extra riders on farm equipment and follow animal handling tips.

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Stress Management
Stress Management - Webinars Webinars

Stress Management

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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. Stress Managment was recorded on November 19, 2018. More
Hazardous gases released from dairy manure storages during agitation can be particularly dangerous for nearby operators when gypsum bedding has been used in the cow stalls. Image: Eileen Fabian
Research Aims to Prevent Deaths Related to Gypsum-laced Manure Emissions - News News
Gypsum recycled from manufacturing and construction waste has gained popularity as a bedding source for the dairy industry. More
Communicating with Farmers Under Stress
Communicating with Farmers Under Stress - Workshops Workshops
This is a discussion for Ag Industry Professionals. More
Women Rooted in Agriculture
Women Rooted in Agriculture - Workshops Workshops
Women Rooted in Agriculture is a discussion group for a women that are interested in learning more about their industry. More
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide - Articles Articles

Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide

Dan Hofstetter, Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Pate, Ph.D.

Gas monitoring is always recommended when working around toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, affordable portable personal gas monitors are available for on-farm use. More
Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum
Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum - Articles Articles

Safety Risk from Manure Storages of Dairy Cows Bedded with Gypsum

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Hile, Dan Hofstetter

Findings from on-farm monitoring of dairies using gypsum as stall bedding show a link has been found to highly toxic levels of hydrogen sulfide gas during manure movement and agitation. More
Calf Barn
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Transition Cows

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Agricultural Careers Online Course
Agricultural Careers Online Course - Webinars Webinars

Agricultural Careers Online Course

07:00 PM 03/07/2019 - 08:30 PM 04/11/2019

$10.00
Join us for these weekly webinars as we cover a wide variety of interests that can pair your passions with a future career! More
Technology Tuesday
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Technology Tuesdays

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Dairy Management Monday
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Dairy Management Mondays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour

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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. More
Farm Biosecurity Best Practices for Contractors, Vendors, and Visitors
Farm Biosecurity Best Practices for Contractors, Vendors, and Visitors - Online Courses Online Courses
$59.00
If you visit farms, this online course will teach you best biosecurity practices and etiquette for keeping farms, animals, and people safe and productive. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Examples of pull tube with pump for gas concentration detection.
Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments - Articles Articles

Ammonia Monitoring in Barns Using Simple Instruments

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

This article describes simple relatively-inexpensive instruments for detecting ammonia gas concentration in animal housing to assure proper air quality. More
Reducing E. coli Infections in People
Reducing E. coli Infections in People - Articles Articles
This article discusses ways to avoid illness when handling animals or visiting exhibitions or farms. More
Photo credit: Jean Kummer
The Benefits of Playing It Safe - Articles Articles

The Benefits of Playing It Safe

Ginger D Fenton, PhD

Farm safety goes beyond equipment operation, personal protective equipment, and safe animal handling. More
Manure collection tank at Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center.
Reoccurring Themes of Manure Gas Deaths - Articles Articles
Manure gas deaths keep occurring around the world. What can we do to make manure handling safer? More
Keep Extra Riders off Tractors!
Extra Riders on Farm Equipment - Articles Articles

Extra Riders on Farm Equipment

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D., Sam Steel

Farm equipment manufacturers have begun installing extra seats on some farm machinery; most notably large tractors and self-propelled machines like combines and forage harvesters. More
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales
Safely Making and Handling Large Package Hay Bales - Articles Articles
Shortage of labor and the need to rapidly harvest hay in its prime condition continues to increase the use of large package hay balers. More
Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias
Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias - Articles Articles
Hoja Informativa sobre Estándar de OSHA sobre Protección de Maquinarias More
Estabilidad e Inestabilidad del Tractor
Estabilidad e Inestabilidad del Tractor - Articles Articles
Hoja Informativa sobre Estabilidad e Inestabilidad del Tractor. More
Figure 1. Animal handling may range from moving groups of animals to leading an individual animal by halter (Picture courtesy of North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks, www.nagcate.com).
Animal Handling Tips - Articles Articles

Animal Handling Tips

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Many farm people have never stopped and actually analyzed why animals behave as they do and, more importantly, what this behavior may mean to their own personal safety. More
Confined Space Manure Storage Hazards
Confined Space Manure Storage Hazards - Articles Articles
Automated manure and waste water handling is most often accomplished by collecting and storing manure and waste in storages located directly beneath the animals or in a nearby containment structure. More
Confined Space Manure Gas Monitoring
Confined Space Manure Gas Monitoring - Articles Articles

Confined Space Manure Gas Monitoring

Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

A gas monitor with remote sampling enables measurements to be taken by workers located safely outside the storage facility. More
Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips
Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips - Articles Articles

Open Air Manure Storage Safety Tips

Robert Meinen, Davis E. Hill, Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Non-enclosed manure storages are open to the atmosphere, but still meet the definition of a confined space in terms of occupational safety and health. More
Confined Space Manure Storage Emergencies
Confined Space Manure Storage Emergencies - Articles Articles

Confined Space Manure Storage Emergencies

Davis E. Hill, Dennis Murphy, Ph.D.

Learn about when a person is discovered unresponsive in a manure storage pit and the best management practices farmers can take to avoid an emergency on their farm. More
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