Health Protection on Farms

Farmers and agricultural workers are exposed to an unusual array of health risks and hazards. These often cause short term, chronic, or even fatal disease or acute death from hazards such as toxic gases found around manure storage facilities. These hazards, conditions, and substances include: airborne hazards (dusts, gases, oxygen deficient environments, etc.); chemicals (pesticides, anhydrous ammonia, etc.); vibration; noise; sun exposure; heat; cold; pathogens; and a host of other concerns. Below are some specific recommended links to some of the more commonly encountered health concerns and hazards found on Wisconsin farms.  Over time, more information will be added based on questions that arise from communities, ag educators, and farmers.