UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Safe and healthy employees are essential to the quality and productive business you've worked so hard to build.
The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) was established in 2011 from funds that were awarded to UWRF from OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Even though the grant has ended after 4 years, we continue to develop training materials, tools and resources to assist dairy farmers in establishing and maintaining an effective health and safety program.
The goal of the CDFS is to bring together best practice protocols for dairy operation occupational safety and health programs. The program provides valuable resources to dairy farmers by developing new curriculum designed with dairy industry involvement; extending outreach capabilities to dairy producers; and providing training to future producers and managers.
The CDFS offers two sets of educational materials-one for dairy farm owners and one for dairy farm employees (available in English and Spanish). The dairy farm owner materials cover 8 different topics: Effective Safety and Health Programs, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, Injury Trends, Hazard Communication, Hazards with Animal Handling, Hazards with Farm Machinery, Personal Protection Equipment, and Introduction to OSHA.
The dairy farm employee training was developed by the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) in Marshfield, WI and the Migrant Clinician's Network in Maryland. UWRF professors performed a technical review. The 5 different topics available in English and Spanish are: Introduction to Dairy Safety, Animal Handling, Machinery Safety, Worker Rights and Responsibilities, and Chemical Safety. In cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire nursing program, UWRF has developed a 6th module on Personal Wellness.
Please contact us if you are interested in these materials!