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The Center for Dairy Farm Safety at UW River Falls was established in partnership with UW Extension. We have developed training materials, tools and resources to assist dairy farmers in establishing an Effective Health and Safety Program.
Implementing a Safety Program on the farm will lead to a more profitable operation. It has been calculated that for every $1.00 spent on a safety program there is a return of $4.00-$6.00 in reduced workers compensation costs and improved worker productivity.
In 2011 the University of Wisconsin-River Falls received a $134,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the Occupational and Safety Health Administration to establish the Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS). The CDFS was developed and managed in collaboration with UW-Extension.
The goal of the CDFS is to bring together best practice protocols for dairy operation occupational safety and health programs. This grant will strengthen the capacity of both UW institutions by developing new curriculum designed with dairy industry involvement; extending outreach capabilities to dairy producers; and provide training to future producers and managers. Currently the program is being presented to dairy producers throughout the state.
The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. The focus of the program is to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. Target audiences include under-served, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, more than 1.8 million workers have been trained through this program.
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