A new initiative within the outreach program is to put health and safety information directly into the hands of those who need it most. During 2015, we emphasized direct and personal contact with agricultural producers through our “GPCAH on the Go” campaign:
- GPCAH Staff traveled to over a dozen farm shows and county fairs in seven Midwestern states to present hearing protection, heat illness, and safe play on the farm demonstrations.
- We assisted with Progressive Ag Safety Days at the National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety, and directed youth education programs at several county fairs.
- Over 700 water bottles and age-appropriate and easy to use educational materials for kids on heat illness and safe play on the farm were distributed at regional farm shows.
- A multi-faceted hearing loss prevention campaign, including a panel display and educational brochures, was presented at regional farm shows to promote
hearing protection among agricultural workers. Over 1000 inexpensive, but highly effective ear plugs (NRR=29-33 db) were distributed as folks discussed hearing protection with GPCAH staff.