Protecting Ag Employees from Infectious Disease Including New COVID-19 Variants
Summary: The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has profoundly affected humans on a global scale in a noticeably short time. Individuals working in agriculture are essential workers and are at increased risk of adverse health and economic consequences from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This presentation will highlight protective measures ag employers can take to reduce transmission of infectious diseases, including the new COVID-19 variants. Interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor, “Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan,” will be reviewed throughout the presentation. This presentation will also promote mitigation strategies, including COVID-19 vaccines, current evidence-based resources addressing vaccine confidence, and workplace infection control.
Intended Audience: Farm/Ranch owners and operators, health and safety professionals, and anyone who serves as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.
Objectives: After the program, participants will be able to…
- Gain an understanding of infectious disease control measures to reduce exposure risks, including the new COVID-19 variants, among agricultural workers and employers.
- Create an infectious disease assessment and control plan using the recommendations from the CDC and the U.S Department of Labor Agricultural Employer Checklist.
- Recognize the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in the prevention of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infectious disease in the ag workplace.
This material was produced under grant number SH-99084-SH0 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Recorded: January 13, 2022
Natalie Roy, MPH
AgriSafe Executive Director
As Executive Director of AgriSafe for over twenty years, Natalie Roy utilizes her public health training to improve the quality of health care offered to farm families. Natalie holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. She is pleased to work in the area of agricultural health as it relates to her experience growing up on a farm in Canterbury New Hampshire.
Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH
Public Health Program Director, AgriSafe Network
Knesha currently serves as the Public Health Program Director with AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization that addresses occupational health issues within the agricultural community. With over twelve years of public health experience in maternal child health, health disparities, and health education. Knesha is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and ensuring health access and equity. Knesha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (2002) with a minor in Chemistry and a Master’s of Public Health (2006) with an emphasis in Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University. In June 2016, she obtained a certificate in Agricultural Medicine which focused on rural occupational health and environmental health and safety. Knesha is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Louisiana Public Health Association where she serves in leadership.
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