(ASHCA Logo. Source: Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America
In 2007, the nonprofit Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) was formed to address new and ongoing safety and health issues affecting production agriculture. Members of this organization include producers, agribusinesses, insurance companies, government organizations, medical professionals, farmworkers, and safety professionals.
The mission of ASHCA is to proactively address ongoing and emerging occupational safety and health issues affecting U.S. agriculture.
- Pursue national strategies, based on reliable data and information about emerging issues, to reduce agricultural injuries and fatalities
- Work with leaders representing producers, agribusinesses, insurance companies, safety associations, and other organizations to guide the development of effective delivery systems for safety and health information
- Influence research priorities to rapidly identify best management practices for worker safety and health
ASHCA is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom have a background in industry. Standing committees include membership, strategic planning and programming, and public relations. ASHCA hosts annual meetings and conferences, and provides workshop presentations on its Web page.
ASHCA provides opportunities to learn about:
- best practices for creating a safety culture among agricultural workers,
- the impacts of safety on profitability and job satisfaction, and
- working with other leaders to serve as the “voice” of safety and health issues for farm and ranch producers and agricultural workers.
For more information about ASCHA, click here to be directed to their home page. From the home page, you can learn about membership options, conferences, and resources.
Use the following format to cite this article:
Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America. (2012) Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice. Retrieved from http://www.extension.org/pages/64420/agricultural-safety-and-health-council-of-america.