Safety for Fish Farm Workers

catfish USDAThe Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention is collaborating with Dr. Jesse LaPrade of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in producing an up-to-date publication on Safety for Fish Farm Workers. Drawing extensively from collaborative research led by Melvin L. Myers, MPA (University of Kentucky), Dr. Robert Durborow (Kentucky State University, Aquaculture Research Center) and Dr. Henry Cole (University of Kentucky), Dr. LaPrade and colleagues will incorporate recent survey information and findings from fish farming operations in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida to develop the new resource for regional stakeholders.

Safety for Fish Farm Workers will thus be a practical, easy-to-use tool developed both with and for men and women who work directly in fish farming and aquaculture. The new, up-to-date publication will feature color photographs of common workplace equipment and operations, associated safety and health hazards, and proven solutions designed to reduce or eliminate those hazards.  The new publication will include simple, low cost solutions as well as innovative ideas conceived and tested by farmers themselves.

Upon completion, the new safety education tool will be distributed to and through the University of Kentucky, Auburn University, Alabama Extension, Mississippi State University, and USDA, et al.

For more information contact Dr. LaPrade at laprjc@auburn.edu.

Project funded through the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention under CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement 5 U50 OH007547-10.