Women in Agriculture: Hand Tools

Photo: East Central Missouri woman in agriculture. Photo credit, Tevin Uthlaut, University of Missouri Extension.

Many people have heard the phrase ‘work smarter not harder’ and this is very applicable to hand tools and tool selection for women. By choosing the appropriate tool for the job and using ergonomic technique, women can complete necessary jobs in a way that gets the job done and reducing the risk of an injury. The following articles address tools, ergonomics, and the proper way to complete a job.

Online Videos

Ergonomic Safety for Women – Webinar by AgriSafe

Ergonomics Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ag Safety and Health eXtension Community of Practice Resources

Women, Tools and Ergonomics

Shovels: Background, Challenges and Recommendations

Regional of National Articles and Resources

Agricultural Ergonomics – University of Florida: Environmental Health and Safety

Ergonomics – AgriSafe

Ergonomics – Occupational Health and Safety Administration

Ergonomics and the Farm – Northern Dutchess Hospital

Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers – Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Article Summarized and Reviewed By:

Linda Fetzer, Pennsylvania State University – lmf8@psu.edu
Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri – funkenbuschk@missouri.edu
Angie Hissong, OTR/L, Pennsylvania State University – anh1@psu.edu
Tevin Uthlaut, University of Missouri – UthlautT@missouri.edu

Project Funding Acknowledgement:

This material is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S.D.A., under award number 2014-68006-21873.

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project is supported under USDA/NIFA Special Projects 2017-41590-27105 in collaboration with Penn State Extension.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project is supported by funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) under sponsored project number 2018-41590-22323.