national farm safety and health weekThis week is National Farm Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS). This year’s theme is “Farm Safety… a Legacy to be Proud of.”

“While safety is always the No. 1 priority for pork producers, this week serves as a good reminder,” said Karen Hoare, producer learning and development director for the Pork Checkoff. “Farming is among the top 10 most dangerous U.S. jobs, and pig farmers must all do their part to keep farm workers as safe as possible.”

The Pork Checkoff has developed several resources to help producers enhance the safety efforts on their farms. Available online, these resources include Safe Pig Handling, an Employee Safety Toolkit and the Benchmark Employee Safety database.

According to the NECAS news release, the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that in 2014, farming accounted for 568 fatalities and an estimated 70,000 injuries. National Farm Safety and Health Week has been celebrated the third week of September since 1944, according to NECAS. For more information on NECAS visit http://www.necasag.org/.