Designing, Evaluating and Using Apps and Wearable Technology for Agricultural Workers' Safety and Health

Mobile and wearable devices and the application software, also known as apps, that run on these devices are becoming ubiquitous in the general population. This is also true in agriculturally related populations. This reality has tremendous potential for improving the health and safety of individuals that work in agriculture. A plethora of apps and devices already exist that can be used for the assessment of workplace hazards and implementation of worker protection. However, very little guidance on the use of these apps for agricultural safety and health exists. This presentation will briefly cover the basics of designing apps and wearable technology, report on a study that developed a framework for evaluating apps and technology that have potential usefulness in this area and present some of the current applications of wearable technology and apps in agricultural safety and health research and outreach.
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
  1. Be able to describe mobile technology, including wearable devices and application software  
  2. Understand the design process for apps and wearable technology  
  3. Learn how to evaluate technology related to agricultural safety and health  
  4. Increase awareness of how mobile technology can be used in safety and health

Aaron M. Yoder, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Extension - Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Aaron Yoder grew up in central Pennsylvania where he spent time working on his grandfather's farm. He graduated from Penn State University with a BS and MS in Agricultural Systems Management and Environmental Pollution Control, respectively. He went on to complete a PhD from Purdue University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he focused on ergonomic evaluation of assistive technology for AgrAbility clients. Aaron is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and works with projects through the NIOSH funded Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. He is the president of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health and serves on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Dr. Yoder also maintains leadership roles in the eXtension.org/AgSafety Community of Practice, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the USDA NCERA197 Committee for establishing priorities at Land Grant University for agricultural safety and health research and education programs. More information on Dr. Yoder can be found at: 

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