The new site,
Agricultural Safety and Health, is guided by Robert A.
Aherin, a professor of farm safety in the U of I Department of
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Robert "Chip" E.
Petrea, principal research specialist in agriculture,
agricultural safety and health.
"This site is part of the
Illinois Network for Agricultural Safety and Health, which
addresses agricultural safety and health issues in Illinois by
promoting and improving intervention efforts," Petrea said. "INASH
members represent a broad range of agencies and organizations
with interest and expertise in agricultural safety and health.
"INASH is a forum that brings together diverse segments of
the agricultural community. We develop, coordinate and implement
strategies to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries and
illnesses associated with agriculture. INASH was created because
agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in Illinois.
The membership of INASH comes from the farming community, health
and safety professionals, and representatives of the industry in
the state of Illinois."
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On the site are a number of fact sheets covering a broad range of
areas, from statistics on farm-related injuries and death to safe
manure storage, rollover protection, and electrical and mowing
safety. The site also has information on all-terrain vehicles.
Information about farm hazard demonstration equipment is also
Other topics on the site include research results, publications,
and links to farm safety and health-related sites.
of Illinois Extension news release]