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Safety Group Works To Keep Farm Children Safe

From The-Farmer.com, 26 Sept 2011.

Upcoming webinar explains proposed changes to child ag labor laws which haven’t been updated since 1970.

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields.

The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in 1970.

The department is proposing updates based on the enforcement experiences of its Wage and Hour Division, recommendations made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a commitment to bring parity between the rules for young workers employed in agricultural jobs and the more stringent rules that apply to those employed in nonagricultural workplaces. The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents.

To help the public understand the proposed changes, the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network is co-sponsoring a webinar. CASN is a coalition of health and safety organizations across the nation. Since 2000, their purpose is to strengthen partnerships and collaborative efforts involving the agricultural community, child injury prevention organizations, and minority-serving associations that will improve and expand childhood agricultural injury prevention efforts.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 12:00 – 1 p.m. CST. Presenting will be Mary Miller, RN, MN, a child labor/teen worker supervisor for Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. She will be discuss “Understanding the Proposed Changes to the Agricultural Child Labor Regulations.”

To join webinar: click http://uiowa.adobeconnect.com/mmiller/

Use the guest log in. Type your name into the box and then click on ‘Enter Room’.

Webinar is hosted by AgriSafe and co-sponsored by the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network and the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America.

For more information see http://www.childagsafety.org/Schedule.htm.

Source: The-Farmer.com, “Safety Group Works To Keep Farm Children Safe” 26 Sept 2011.

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