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Integrating Safety into Agritourism. Marsha Salzwedel, M.S. National Children’s Center for Rural & Agricultural Health & Safety. Define Agritourism Discuss types of activities and injury incidents Discuss safety and health issues on agritourism operations Discuss resources and materials

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integrating safety into agritourism

Integrating Safety into Agritourism

Marsha Salzwedel, M.S.

National Children’s Center for

Rural & Agricultural

Health & Safety

objectives

Define Agritourism

  • Discuss types of activities and injury incidents
  • Discuss safety and health issues on agritourism operations
  • Discuss resources and materials
  • Discussion and time for feedback
Objectives
what type of activities

Pick-your own

  • Farm markets
  • Corn mazes & pumpkin patches
  • Farm tours
  • Agritainment (play areas, hayrides, etc.)
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Dude ranches
  • Fishing and Hunting
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Many others
What type of activities?
incident discussion

What happened?

  • What questions do you have?
  • What do you think the consequences were to the farm?
  • Could this have been prevented? How?
Incident Discussion
headline news

Toddler Dies from Playground Incident

  • 12 Hurt in Miniature Train Incident
  • Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo Infects 3 Kids
  • Student Falls in Bonfire at Barn Dance
  • 9-year-old Boy Injured at Pumpkin Patch
  • Swimming Hole is Deadly Trap
  • Visitor Injured in Zip Line Incident at Farm
Headline News…
just imagine

If one of these incidents happened at your farm…What would be the consequences?

  • Bad Publicity
  • Reduced Attendance
  • Increased Insurance Premium
  • Lawsuit
  • Operation Closes
Just Imagine
why is safety important

These are not rare happenings…

  • @ 14,000 children are injured each year on farms and ranches
  • 40% of injured children are visiting
  • Up to the owners/operators to ensure the safety & health of all guests
Why is safety important?
visitors a safety issue

Unfamiliar with agriculture

  • Looking for a babysitter
  • Easily distracted
  • Rules “don’t apply to me”
  • Common sense is “dead”
Visitors – a safety issue?
more safety strategies

More information on these topics and others like…

    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Handwashing and Restrooms
    • Animal Safety
    • Parking and Traffic
    • Machine Safety
    • Food Safety
    • Barriers and Fencing
    • Water & Attractive Nuisances
More Safety Strategies
agritourism health safety

More farm operators turning to agritourism

  • Almost 30 million youth visit farms each year

Agritourism Resources

    • Assist with identifying health & safety hazards on farms
    • New website: www.safeagritourism.com
Agritourism Health & Safety
website

www.safeagritourism.com

  • Walkthroughs
  • Checklists
  • Resources
  • Feedback
Website
walkthrough

A “walkthrough” refers to “walking through” or looking through a series of pictures, and deciding if they show hazards and/or safety issues, or if safety items are lacking.

After evaluating a picture and answering the question, a new page comes up with an explanation. That page may also contain additional guidelines, recommendations and resources.

Walkthrough
website status

11 Walkthroughs

  • Safe Play & Communicating w/ Guests
  • 12 Checklists (Safe Play coming)
  • 148 items on resource page
Website Status
next steps

Continue to add resources

  • Additional walkthroughs & topic pages
  • Mobile Apps
Next Steps
conclusion

There are many safety and health issues on agritourism operations

    • Some we discussed today
    • Others – insufficient time
  • Resources and materials discussed will provide more topics and more information
Conclusion
discussion

Questions?

  • Comments?
  • Suggestions?
  • Feedback?
Discussion
thank you

Salzwedel.marsha@mcrf.mfldclin.edu

www.marshfieldclinic.org/NCCRAHS

800-662-6080

Thank You!