On this page you will find selected educational, online, and research materials. Please check back for updates!
Tractor Safety Materials and Guides
Your Guide to Available Retrofit ROPS for Agricultural Tractors, 2010 University of Kentucky, KY
To help farmers locate retrofit ROPS for older tractors and even gray market tractors (i.e., non-U.S. made tractors imported without manufacturer authorization), Dr. Mark Purschwitz and colleagues in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture have developed The Kentucky ROPS Guide, now available online at http://www.ca.uky.edu/rops. Used in combination with a seatbelt, rollover protective structures (ROPS) have been shown to be 98% effective in preventing death and serious injury in the event of a tractor overturn. Nevertheless, more than a third of tractors in use today - still do not have these lifesaving structures.
Kentucky Community Partners for Healthy Farming ROPS Project: A Program of Materials and Activities to Preserve Farmers’ Health, Way of Life and Money, 2000
This is an excellent collection of tested materials for community outreach, including activities for farm community meetings, simulation exercises, and mass communication.
National Agricultural Safety Database
This is a clearinghouse of agricultural safety information in English and Spanish, including fact sheets, training materials, and videos. Search the database for tractor safety. Here are two samples of tractor safety materials available at the site.
Tractor Accident Can Happen to Anyone, Great Lakes Center
for Agricultural Safety and Health
Farm Family Safety
Childhood Agricultural Safety Network
The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network was formed to raise awareness and change behaviors to help keep children safer on the farm. Their 2006-2007 campaign is geared towards Youth and Tractor Safety with the message that children younger than 12 years should NEVER be on or near tractors. Explore the site and learn more about these child safety advocates who have banded together to produce marketing messages for the general public.
North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks
National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Marshfield, WI
The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) are a resource developed to assist parents in assigning farm jobs to their children 7 - 16 years of age.
Agricultural Safety General
Cooperative Extension office in your area
Cooperative Extension offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes. This nationwide system of local and regional offices is a non-credit educational network which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture and land grant universities.
NIOSH-funded Agricultural Safety and Health Centers
Contact information for the center in your region
NIOSH Agriculture Topic Page
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agricultural website includes farm safety fact sheets and information.
Tractor Safety Policy and Initiatives
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