Top-quality, professionally made agricultural safety videos can be found at the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube channel, a joint project of the 10 agricultural centers across the country funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
“The channel is an inexpensive way to reach millions of people with safety and health information,” said project administrator Allison DeVries, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety based in Colorado.
Extension agents, educators, agricultural science teachers, producers, first responders and agricultural families would all find value in the videos, says project leader Amanda Wickman, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education based in Texas.
“NIOSH established the centers to protect the safety and health of more than 5.5 million full- and part-time contract and seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing, as well as farm family members,” said Wickman.
“Many centers have created videos for this purpose, and we’re trying to enhance dissemination to people who can benefit most from them.”
The farm safety videos can be used during job orientation, safety education training, 4-H meetings, high school or college classes. One benefit of YouTube is that videos can be accessed from a mobile device to conduct tailgate trainings in the field.”
DeVries said the centers hope to get valuable feedback on their videos through the YouTube comments. “Anyone can quickly establish an account and post a comment,” DeVries said.
The ag safety video channel launched Nov. 1. Each video has been produced and reviewed by content experts. It is expected that 60 videos will be on the site by the end of the year, said project technical administrator Aaron Yoder, Central States Center for Agricultural Health and Safety based in Nebraska.