Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week 2023

Heat & Extreme Weather

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Heat & Extreme Weather 

Extreme temperatures and weather events bring additional hazards to the job. Working outdoors or inside a bin on a hot summer day exposes workers to temperature related illness and health issues such as heat or cold stress. Educate employees and supervisors on identifying hazards; recognizing and treating the symptoms of heat/cold stress; reducing exposures thrugh engineering/administrative controls; and protecting themselves and others through wearing the correct PPE, using equipment properly, and mitigating the effects of extreme temperatures.

Featured Training

DAILY LEARNING SESSION –

Thursday, March 30

10 AM – 11 AM CDT 

Heat & Extreme Weather 

FREE, live virtual training provided by the GHSC (Grain Handling Safety Council) and GEAPS (Grain Elevator Processing Society).

Extreme temperatures and weather events are occurring more frequently with often devastating consequences. Aaron Yoder, PhD, Central States Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (CS-CASH) discusses the impact extreme weather has on how we work, the hazards it creates in the workplace and the best strategies to protect workers whether they are working in a grain facility, feedlot, fields or other agricultural setting. Learn how to recognize, prevent, and mitigate heat stress and other hazards associated with extreme temperatures/weather.  “ASK THE EXPERT” open discussion at the end of the session.

SPANISH LANGUAGE SESSION –

Thursday, March 30

2 PM -3 PM CDT 

Heat & Extreme Weather 

FREE, live virtual training presented in Spanish provided by the  provided by the GHSC (Grain Handling Safety Council) and GEAPS (Grain Elevator Processing Society).

Dr. Athena Ramos (PhD) will present the afternoon Spanish Language session on Heat and Extreme Weather, adapting content as appropriate to ensure it is culturally, linguistically, and logistically relevant to the audience. She will discuss the impact ectreme temperatures and weather on how we work, the hazards it creates in the workplace and best strategies to protect workers bringing attention to the changing demographics of the workforce and their training needs. Attendees are encourage to particpate in “ASK THE EXPERT” open discussion at the end of the session. 

Presenter – Aaron Yoder!

Dr. Aaron Yoder, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Extension and works with projects through the NIOSH funded Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. He has a diverse background in agricultural systems and engineering, specializing in the development of interventions and training programs, including the application of technology, to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Notably, his research has led to applications used to monitor and guide workers and automated systems including detecting early onset of heat illnesss and shutting down automated systems based on worker’ heart rates. Previously, he worked for Penn State Extension as an Extension Safety Associate. Yoder grew up in central Pennsylvania where he spent time working on his grandfather’s beef farm. He has a BS and MS from  Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural Systems Management and a PhD from Purdue University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Dr. Yoder serves on the Board of Directors for the Grain Handling Safety Council as well as several other national boards and committees. (See Full Bio).

Presenter – Athena Ramos!

Dr. Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and is affiliated with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. She leads a Latino outreach and engagement team that serves as  liaison and cultural mediator between the university and Latinx community. Ramos is the principle investigator for several community-based health and social research and educations initiatives in agricultural health and safety, immigrant integration, and community well-being with a current focus on vulnerable workers in the agro-food system. She is an experienced administrator, program manager, and researcher with 20 years of experience in health promotion, strategic thinking, community development, and public relations. Ramos has a PhD in International Family & Community Studies from Clemson University and two Master’s degrees – one in Business Administration (MBA) and one in Urban Studies (MS) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha – and serves on the Board of Driectors for various organizations. (See Full Bio). To learn more about Dr. Ramos, read her interview with Women in Ag Science.

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