first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The title of this article is also the theme for the 2015 National Farm Safety and Health Week, observed September 20-26. The theme reminds local and rural communities that agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. This industry, which includes farming, forestry and fishing, accounts for nearly 500 fatalities each year (according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).As the theme suggests, practicing safety is something we should do, not something we merely say. While it is great to profess our attitude for safety, it is better for us to practice it everyday in our daily actions. When safety is a part of our workplace routine, it becomes a way of life. Employees and employers work together to create a culture for safety.Having this culture for safety, brings to consideration an ancient proverb that safety professionals have adapted over time. It questions whether Safety is an end of a means, or a means to an end. Safety is an end of a meansIn other words, working all of our lives to be safe when we retire, is working towards a goal. This practice can also be noticed when companies post, rather prominently outside of their entrances, the number of work days with no recordable injuries. These companies may be working towards a specific goal where there is a bonus or incentive for workers to reach the end of a week, month, or year with no injuries. These are two examples where safety is viewed as the end of a means. Safety is a means to an endOn the other hand, when safety is a means to an end, it is simply a way we get to the endpoint. In this manner, Safety is likely a lifestyle. It is a method we use along the way. It is a practice we do every day, and in every season.The year 2015 marks the 71st year for the U.S. to observe National Safety and Health Week. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside the third week of September as a time to celebrate the farmer and remind agricultural workers of safety practices needed to get them through another harvest season, and another year.The Ohio State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program promotes this commemorative week, but also has materials available throughout the year. A variety of outreach resources are developed for different farm operations, large or small, and a wide range of workforce ages, including safety messages for children or visitors who may not work on the farm. Many of these resources are provided at no cost on the website. Training programs are also available for agricultural groups and businesses looking for specific workplace issues. A monthly newsletter is published each month called Ag S.T.A.T.  This online publication shares short announcements of upcoming safety events, as well as delivers short safety messages for that particular time of year.All of these materials are available through the OSU Ag Safety Program website: www.agsafety.osu.edu or Facebook at OSU Ag Safety and Health. The OSU staff will also be at Farm Science Review conducting grain safety demonstrations in OSU Central during Farm Safety Week. Stop by and visit their team to answer your specific questions. Farming is a lifestyle, and so is workplace safety. The goal is to help every farm worker and farm family member get to the end of the year in the safest manner possible.last_img