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Community Grant Opportunity
Upcoming Webinars
September 19     2-3 pm CDT
There are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the US and the numbers are steadily growing. Increasing numbers of cancer survivors continue to work. Cancer impacts employees, employers, co-workers, and families, requiring us to consider strategies to help both the individual and the organization address direct and indirect consequences. Join this webinar to learn how to assess what your organization is currently doing to support employees with cancer and about evidence-based strategies to support the health and well-being of these individuals and their families.
Automation in transportation can greatly reduce crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. However, this does not come without some cost (i.e. the failure to notice unexpected events). It has been known for some time that as the level of automation increases, system failures, become increasingly serious (the taller the lumberjack, the harder the fall). This has been attributed to the decreases in situation awareness that come with the increases in levels of automation. This talk will focus on the benefits and disbenefits that occurs increasing levels of automation, with an emphasis on the effects of fatigue.
Nebraska Safety Council Conference & Trade Show
Mental Health is a Priority during
National Farm Safety & Health Week
Agriculture remains one of the deadliest U.S. occupations, with fatality rates higher than mining and construction. The National Farm Safety & Health Week, the third week of every September, brings national attention to the importance of agriculture and promotes the health and safety of farmers and their families.
This year, National Farm Safety & Health week will include a focus on mental health. The mental health of farmers is just as important as the more commonly known hazards, like tractor rollovers, PTO shaft entanglements, and grain entrapments. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Iowa has shown that agricultural workers take their own lives at a rate higher than other occupations. “The stressors associated with farming— especially during peak harvest season—can really take their toll on farm families,” said Dr. Kanika Arora, an evaluator at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. “This year, we interviewed more than 300 farmers in Iowa, Missouri and Ohio, to identify mental stressors on the farm. Topics like uncertain weather, decreasing grain prices combined with high input costs, and aging were mentioned by many.”
This fall, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is again participating in the national efforts to provide prevention and protection resources to farmers, including information about mental health. The theme of the week is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety,” and each day focuses on an important risk farmers face.
The schedule of topics is:
  • Monday, September 17 – Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday, September 18 – Health, Suicide Prevention, and Opioid Risks
  • Wednesday, September 19 – Youth Health and Safety
  • Thursday, September 20 – Confined Spaces in Agriculture
  • Friday, September 21 – Tractor Safety
Find resources at and on the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Facebook page.
Don't Miss This!
The Hawkeye on Safety annual conference provides life-saving health and safety information to Iowa workers from all industries, with a particular emphasis on facilities management and the building trades. Like other conferences, we provide essential training to the managers responsible for workplace health and safety. But we also have a unique focus on providing practical training to rank-and-file workers, so that they can become safety leaders in their workplaces and communities.

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Event Planner

September 26-28 · SHRM IA State Conference
September 27 · 16th Annual Safety & Wellness Conference (NE)
October 2-5 · KS DOL Safety & Health Conference
October 3 · BLN Community Forum - Spirit Lake, IA
October 10 · NE Safety Council Conference & Trade Show
October 11 · Hawkeye on Safety (IA)
October 16-18 · National Occupational Injury Research Symposium
October 17 · St. Louis Safety & Health Conference
Visit our calendar for a full listing of trainings, conferences, and other events
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