According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture has four times the rate of occupational deaths than private industry, making it one of the most hazardous industrial sectors to work in. The Pork Checkoff has identified worker safety as an issue that requires the attention and education of swine producers and as of Monday (Sept. 12) is making the Pork Production Safety Systems program available to producers.
The Pork Production Safety Systems materials guide producers and employees on issues related to occupational safety and regulations. The set includes materials for trainers, such as production trainers, consultants and human resources managers; materials for producers, including a guide to OSHA 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 release of the new materials coincides with the first Pork Checkoff-sponsored Worker Safety Roundtable in Des Moines, Iowa. This meeting with swine production worker safety officers and academia from the United States and Canada focuses 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 the Pork Checkoff at (800) 456-PORK.