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The NC Agromedicine Institute is a University of North Carolina Institute.

Member Universities:
East Carolina University
North Carolina State University
NC Agricultural & Technical State University
 
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This overall goal of this project were to:
  1. Determine child health & safety risks associated with an existing agritourism farm.
  2. Determine the cost benefit of making improvements necessary to reduce risks.
  3. Use project findings to motivate other agritourism farms, Cooperative Extension Agents and Agritourism insurers to adopt or recommend Agritourism Health & Safety Guidelines for their own farms or farms they work with.

This project was supported by a grant from the National Children's Center for Rural & Agricultural Safety & Health.

 Project Objectives & Outcomes:

Objective Outcome
Identified child health & safety hazards at study farm will be reduced by at least 75%
Number of non compliant items was reduced on Supplement A-Policies & Procedures Guide from 31.5 to 4.5 (85.7% reduction) & on Supplement B-Agritourism Worksite Walkthrough Checklist Guide from 50.5 to 6 (88.1% reduction).

Note: partial credit (.5) was given for items that were identified as being partially compliant.

Risk of injury will be reduced annually for at last 4,000 children visiting the study farm
Farm has made necessary health & safety improvements as noted above. Policies & procedures have been implemented as part of daily operations & have already benefited 3,300 children visiting the farm since September 15, 2010
Study Farm will realize a positive cost benefit for making child health & safety improvements
Using figures from the National Safety Council, the cost benefit to study farm in preventing a child fatality as the result of implementing this project is estimated to be approximately $1,022,399.35
At least 30% of agritourism farmers attending the open-house training session for agritourism farmers will decide to implement the Agritourism Health & Safety Guidelines & or Certified Safe Farm:Farm Safety Review Checklist on their own farms
89% of the individuals who attended the open-house training who self-identified as agritourism farmers of farm workers affirmed their intent to use the Agritourism Health & Safety Guidelines & or Certified Safe Farm: Farm Safety Review Checklist. Those who did not affirm indicated uncertainty in the level application.
At least 30% of Cooperative Extension agents & agritourism liability insurers will decide to recommend implementation of Agritourism Health & Safety Guidelines & or Certified Safe Farm:Farm Safety Review Checklist to their constituents.
100% of the individuals who attended the open house training & self identified as Cooperative Extension agents & agritourism liability insurers affirmed their intent to recommend the Agritourism Health & Safety Guidelines & or Certified Safe Farm: Farm Safety Review Checklist to their constituents.
A new collaborative relationship will be developed between NC Agromedicine Institute ("The Institute") & the North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association
Martha Glass, Manager, Agritourism Office, NC Department of Agriculture attended the Open House held at study farm. As a result of the day's activities, farm operators were invited to present project findings & outcomes at the 2011 NC Agritourism Meeting. Ms. Glass also agreed to assist the Institute & collaborative partners with East Carolina University's Center for Sustainable Tourism in disseminating a follow-up survey to learn more about health & safety practices in agritourism statewide

As a result of the project, a Child Health & Safety in Agritourism-Implementation Guide was developed as a companion document to Agritourism documents from the National Children's Center for Rural & Agricultural Safety & Health. Additional resources for implementing guidelines can also be found here:

Animals & Handwashing:

Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting

Hand washing

NASPHV

NCD&CS

Animals May Bite (English)

Animals May Bite (Spanish)

Equestrian Safety

Food Safety

Maze

Play Areas

Prearranged Groups

Record Keeping

Sample Safety Goals

Traffic & Parking

Walkways & Structures

Water Safety

 

Child Health & Safety in Agritourism Implementation Guide

Barriers & Fencing:

Bloodborne Pathogens:

Child Health & Safety in Agritourism Implementation

Communicating with Guests

Daily Chore List

Emergency Preparation, Planning & Documentation

Fire

First Aid

Maps

Accountability Record

Americans with Disabilities Act Guide for Small Businesses 

Child Abduction Safety Procedure

Cooking for Groups

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergency Drill Record

Emergency Plan

Emergency Signals Pocket Card

Employee Emergency Information

Employee Training Log

Environmental Health Staff-Local

Incident Emergency Report

Incident Emergency Policy

Lock-down for Terror or Weapon Threat

Master Accountability Record

Missing Child

Safety Issue Follow-up Log

Severe Storm Safety Procedure

Tornado Safety Procedure

Weather Related Emergencies