The COVID-19 crisis compounds the stress and uncertainty farm communities are already facing. NYCAMH remains dedicated to the health and safety of those who work in New York's agricultural industry through this challenging time. We have altered our strategies so that we can continue to provide health and safety-related services in a manner that mitigates risk of exposure to the farm community and our staff. This page is meant to provide key health and safety resources to farmers as well as keep everyone updated on relevant news.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
NYCAMH's Farm Partners
NYCAMH is now offering free virtual safety trainings via videoconferencing to New York farms. The trainings are available in English and Spanish.
Trainings can include information for agricultural workers about COVID-19 safety and health, including illness symptoms, prevention measures, biosecurity, and recommended resources for information. Educators are also able to offer a range of traditional safety training topics, including animal handling, food safety, chemicals, and equipment. Farms work with the educators to determine which training topics are needed. Multiple sessions to smaller groups of workers can be provided to ensure proper social distancing. For more information on virtual trainings, or to schedule a session, contact NYCAMH at 800-343-7527 or firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about safety trainings, go to: https://www.nycamh.org/programs-and-services/farm-safety-trainings.php
Open NYCAMH's slide presentation on COVID-19 safety and health to learn more about what is offered during the training on this topic.
Worker Protection Standard Fit Respirator Test requirements have been relaxed for 2020. Learn here about the temporary change in regulations, who is exempt from fit tests and who is not.
If you or a worker do not meet the 2020 Fit Test exemption, contact NYCAMH for assistance: 800-343-7527 or FitTest@nycamh.org
Due to the critical shortage of N95 respirators and the urgent need to route supplies to healthcare professionals, NYCAMH is currently unable to distribute disposable respirators. For those who work on farms and need respiratory protection for their job, contact our Industrial Hygenist Maggie Hoff to discuss alternatives at 800-343-7527 or email@example.com.
N95 Respirator Donning & Doffing (instructions on how to safely put on, check your seal, and remove)
Respiratory Protection: User Seal Check (CDC/NIOSH pdf)
How to Properly Put On & Take Off a Disposable Respirator (CDC/NIOSH pdf)
Hand washing fact sheets
NYCAMH's Illustrated Posters for Farm Employees on Hygiene. Download here:
Or contact us to receive a copy of an 11"x14" poster, double-sided for both language versions: 800-343-7527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Biosecurity for People: 7 Steps to Protect Farm Workers from COVID-19 (from Cornell University South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team)
New York Extension Disaster Education Network Coronavirus Resource Page (Cornell Cooperative Extension)