The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites agriculture as having four times the rate of occupational deaths than private industry, making it one of the more hazardous industrial sectors to work in.
That's part of the motivation behind the National Pork Board's new effort. NPB officials have identified worker safety as an issue that requires pork producers' attention and education. As of today, NPB is making the Pork Production Safety Systems program available to producers.
The materials guide producers and employees on issues related to occupational safety and regulations. The set includes materials for production trainers, consultants and human-resources managers. I also has materials for producers, including a guide to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, information on providing a safe workplace and a template for producing a customized worker safety employee manual.
The materials are CD/DVD based. More materials are planned for the near future including a Spanish version of the documents.
The new materials coincide with NPB's first Worker Safety Roundtable, held in Des Moines, Iowa. This meeting with pork production safety officers and academia from the United States and Canada focused on worker safety issues in pork production systems of all sizes and types, troubleshooting, problem resolution and regulations.
Pork Production Safety Systems materials can be obtained from NPB at (800) 456-PORK.
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