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"FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ" Annual Poster Contest  July 11th, 2016

The George Fuller Memorial Fund through NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) is sponsoring the 26th Annual FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ Poster contest. The initial contest was held in 1990, a spin-off of the Iowa based Farm Safety 4 Just Kids program. Monies from a fund established by Mrs. George Fuller from Cohocton, NY, in memory of her husband who suffered a farm fatality, were used to provide ribbons and cash awards for the competition.

All 4-H members and area youth are eligible to participate if they live in Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego or Schoharie County. Poster entries can be taken to the Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 or to the NYCAMH office in Fly Creek on or before Thursday, July 7th, 2016.

This year, NYCAMH will focus on Safe Play Areas as there are hazards when living on the farm. For information safe play areas check out this link:http://www.marshfieldresearch.org/nccrahs/safe-play.

Prizes will be awarded Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Dairy Show tent during the Annual Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show. All entries will receive a ribbon and a small gift. Poster Contest winners will be selected from three age groups - Ages 8 and under, Ages 9-12, and Ages 13 and older. Points will be awarded for safety message, originality and neatness. Posters must be 22" X 28" in size on 6 ply poster board. Please complete the entry form below and attach it to the back of the poster.

Winning posters will be awarded monetary prizes and ribbons. Winning poster entries will be displayed at the Farmers' Museum Harvest Festival in September 10-11th, 2016 and in the home school district of the winners during National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 20-26th.

Prior to the poster prize presentations, staff from NYCAMH will lead the group in a Safe Play Area discussion and activity.

For further information, please contact NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) at 1-800-343-7527 or your local 4-H Educator or Print out a registration form at http://www.nycamh.org/news/?id=602 NYCAMH is a program of Bassett Healthcare promoting safe and healthy farming, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY.

Print a copy of the entry formhere.

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Changes to EPA's Farm Worker Protection Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency has revised the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard regulation to increase protection from pesticide exposure for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families. These changes will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries while taking into account the unique working environment of many agricultural jobs.
The regulation seeks to protect and reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers' (those who perform hand-labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops, such as harvesting, thinning, pruning) and pesticide handlers' (those who mix, load and apply pesticides) use and contact with pesticides on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The regulation does not cover persons working with livestock.
Major changes to the regulation:

  • Annual mandatory training to inform farmworkers on the required protections. This increases the likelihood that protections will be followed. Currently, training is only once every 5 years.
  • Expanded training includes instructions to reduce take-home exposure from pesticides on work clothing and other safety topics.
  • First-time ever minimum age requirement: Children under 18 are prohibited from handling pesticides.
  • Expanded mandatory posting of no-entry signs for the most hazardous pesticides. The signs prohibit entry into pesticide-treated fields until residues decline to a safe level.
  • New no-entry application-exclusion zones up to 100 feet surrounding pesticide application equipment will protect workers and others from exposure to pesticide overspray.
  • Requirement to provide more than one way for farmworkers and their representatives to gain access to pesticide application information and safety data sheets  centrally-posted, or by requesting records.
  • Mandatory record-keeping to improve states' ability to follow up on pesticide violations and enforce compliance. Records of application-specific pesticide information, as well as farmworker training, must be kept for two years.
  • Anti-retaliation provisions are comparable to Department of Labor's (DOL's).
  • Changes in personal protective equipment will be consistent with the DOL's Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards for ensuring respirators are effective, including fit test, medical evaluation and training.
  • Specific amounts of water to be used for routine washing, emergency eye flushing and other decontamination, including eye wash systems for handlers at pesticide mixing/loading sites.
  • Continue the exemption for farm owners and their immediate family with an expanded definition of immediate family.

Additional information on the rule is available at:
www2.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard

Check out the new regulations here. Contact NYCAMH for more information.

Fund Announced to Make New York Farms More Safe

Partnership to Promote Farm Safety

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) and New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) joined together at Turning Point Farm in Saratoga Springs Monday, Dec. 14, to announce the establishment of a fund to help New York farmers enhance safety on the farm.

"We're excited to integrate this program into the portfolio of health and safety services we offer to the agricultural community," said NYCAMH's Director, Julie Sorensen. The John May Safety Fund fills a gap in services to small farms, where slim profit margins often make it difficult to do more than what is needed to keep the farm running every day".

The Safety Fund set up by NYCAMH honors the organization's co-founder and long-time director Dr. John May and will assist New York farmers who need financial help improving safety on their farms. As the first program of its kind in New York State, this cost sharing program will allow farmers to make lifesaving safety upgrades.

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "With the continued growth of the agricultural industry and our efforts to encourage the next generation of farmers, it's even more important than ever that we support farm safety programs like the John May Safety Fund. It is our hope that this grant fund administered by NYCAMH will bring attention to the importance of much needed safety projects and upgrades, and we encourage the agricultural community to take advantage of these newly available resources."

The new program announced by NYCAMH will become available beginning in January of 2016 to the state's farmers who meet the application guidelines. The program will be geared towards smaller farms of all commodities. Applications to the program may be submitted at any time and may be obtained online at www.nycamh.org, by calling NYCAMH at (800) 343-7527 or emailing info@nycamh.org. The number of awards and the award amount will be determined by NYCAMH on a first-come, first-served basis.

"NYCAMH provides an essential service for farms across New York. The efforts to improve safety and working conditions for both farmers and their employees has, no doubt, saved lives and reduced the number of injuries. New York Farm Bureau is a strong supporter of NYCAMH's work and is hopeful our members will take advantage of the new grant program to make farms in this state even better places to work," said Steve Ammerman, New York Farm Bureau Manager of Public Affairs.

Since it's founding in the early 1980's, NYCAMH has established a farmer's clinic to help diagnose and treat farm related injuries and illnesses, developed a NYS ROPS Rebate Program that has retrofitted over 1,400 tractors, and performed hundreds of on-farm safety trainings to thousands of farm workers.

Dr. May co-founded and directed NYCAMH from the early 80's through 2015 and his work in promoting safety measures has given him a national reputation in his field. Even as he prepares to retire, Dr. May receives glowing remarks on his work within this industry. "Dr. May has become an icon in the field of agricultural health and safety and is nationally recognized for his dedication and passion for improving the health and safety of farmers," said Dr. Sorenson, who is taking over daily responsibilities at NYCAMH.

"Turning Point Dairy strives for a safety environment on the farm. This is not an easy task. With NYCAMH and the help they have offered our farm, we have become a more safety conscious farm. NYCAMH has also helped us with our OSHA training and compliance. We wish to thank NYCAMH and their staff and hope they can continue to offer this invaluable service," said Marty Hanehan, Co-owner of Turning Point Dairy.

About NYCAMH

NYCAMH was established in the early 1980's by Dr. John May and Dr. David Pratt, pulmonologists at The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. Initially known as the Bassett Farm and Safety Health Project, it was officially designated the New York Center for Agriculture and Medicine in 1988 with a mission of enhancing agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness. Learn more at www.nycamh.org.