New Mexico AgrAbility

Appropriate PPE for Women in Agriculture

Tuesday June 28, 2022
Central Time 12 PM - 1PM
Mountain Time 11PM - 12 PM

Register Here: Webinar: Appropriate PPE for Women in Agriculture

Summary: Agriculture is a hazardous industry associated with many occupational injuries and diseases. Workers may be exposed to various types of occupational hazards simultaneously, possibly increasing the risk of adverse health outcomes. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical for ensuring a safe working environment in agriculture. It is essential to utilize PPE that meets safety standards, is appropriate for your work, and is the proper fit. PPE is often designed with men in mind, making adequate fit and function problematic for women in agriculture.

This training will address the different hazards in agricultural work and the appropriate PPE for women. Additionally, this training will review how to conduct both a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure. This presentation aims to guide the selection and effectiveness of PPE worn by women in the agricultural field.

Intended Audience: Producers - This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers, including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

Meet the Presenter

Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network

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Charlotte serves as the Clinical Director for AgriSafe. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa. She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation, and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training. From 1997 to 2013, she provided agricultural occupational health services and program development for the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

Protecting the Safety of Women in Ag Week

Flyer advertising Protecting the Safety of Women in Ag Week: June 27-July 1 According to the USDA 2017 census, there are "1.2 million female producers, accounting for 36 percent of the country’s 3.4 million producers [and] more than half of all farms (56 percent) had a female producer. These female-operated farms accounted for 38 percent of U.S. agriculture sales and 43 percent of U.S. farmland."  Join AgriSafe for Protecting the Safety of Women in Ag Week (June 27-July 1)! Each day during this week AgriSafe will host a different safety and health topic dedicated to protecting womens safety while working in agriculture! See the list of the training topics below, and click on the title of the webinar for more information.

Register Here AgriSafe Event Calendar

  • Mon June 27th AV-UTV Safety for Women 12pm-1pm CT
  • Tue June 28th Appropriate PPE for Women in Agriculture 12pm-1pm CT
  • Wed June 29th Women and Heat Stress 12pm-1pm CT
  • Thur June 30th More than Milk: Strong Bones and Injury Prevention for Aging Women in Ag 12pm-1pm CT
  • Fri July 1st Zoonotic Disease and Pregnancy: A Deeper Dive 12pm-1pm CT

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New Mexico AgrAbility Project

The New Mexico AgrAbility Project is a partnership of New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, New Mexico Technology Assistance Program, Mandy's Farm (501 (c)(3) nonprofit disability organization) and the University of New Mexico-Occupational Therapy Graduate Program.

The purpose of the project is to support success in agriculture for people with disabilities and improve quality of life through participation in agricultural production.

AgrAbility is a grant program of the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture to assist farmers, food growers, and farm family members who have been impacted by a disability, chronic health issue, or aging issue that is limiting participation in production agriculture.

The New Mexico AgrAbility Project serves every New Mexico county with on the farm technical assistance, educational information, referral to resources, and networking activities to build value for New Mexico's agricultural community.

Primary Contact for Information and Referral
Dr. Sonja Koukel, Program Director
MSC 3AE PO Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 575-646-3006

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