Risto Rautiainen is director of CS-CASH and leads a team of more than a dozen scientists and medical professional in the project.
CS-CASH covers Nebraska and six other states—Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota. Researchers will conduct studies thanks to a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.
Research over the next few years focuses on respiratory diseases, hearing loss, sleep deprivation and dust exposure in confinement swine operations and grain bins. Each is a valid research focus, according to Rautiainen.
Exposure to noise, dust and pollutants on the farm is considered part of the business of farming, but the long-term effects too often are overlooked.
Getting a better handle on the number and causes of ag-related injuries and fatalities is needed, so CS-CASH is using a variety of sources, including surveys, to aid in describing the number of injuries, injury rates and to identify the highest risk factors.
Another goal of this large research project is to increase dissemination of its efforts and eventual results, using farm shows, safety meetings, and a variety of media outlets, including social media.
It is worth your time to find out more about this major research project. For more information, visit www.unmc.edu/publichealth/cscash.