Introduction to Agricultural Health and Safety

Ag Safety and Health October 26, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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This free online course was created as part of the Cooperative Extension Curriculum Project (CECP) by the North Carolina State University Agromedicine Program, and it is housed through the University of Tennessee eXtension Online Learning website. The Introduction to Agricultural Health and Safety course provides an overview the health and safety considerations of agricultural producers, farmworkers, and families in rural communities. This course provides Cooperative Extension educators with information and tools that they can utilize to promote safe and healthy workplaces for the agricultural community.

Click here to be directed to the University of Tennessee eXtension Online Learning (extOL) website to create a free account that will enable you to participate in the online course.

The one-hour online course is divided into the following segments:

  • Agricultural safety and health introduction: This section provides a description of the lesson and goals for the course, problem scenarios, and an overview of basic terminology.
  • Segment 1: This section provides an introduction to those special populations at risk in agriculture and summarizes research about these populations.
  • Segment 2: This health promotion and safety segment reviews the problem scenarios presented in the course introduction through a discussion and summary of common hazards.
  • Segment 3: This segment emphasizes the importance of examining farms and communities for potential hazards, discusses models for ensuring industrial safety and public health, and provides examples of specific resources and programs for agricultural producers and their families, ranging from awareness campaigns to comprehensive safety and health interventions.
  • Summary: This section summarizes what participants should know and be able to do by the end of the course and lists additional resources for participants.
  • Course Test: Participants need to score 90% on the examination to be eligible to print a certificate of completion.


Reviewed and Summarized by:
Linda M. Fetzer, Pennsylvania State University –
Dennis J. Murphy, Pennsylvania State University
Julia Storm, North Carolina State University –


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