Stripping Tobacco


Adult responsibilities Children stripping tobacco

 

ADULTS NEED TO MAKE SURE:

 

  • Work area has no hazards
  • Press is in good working order
  • Child wears long sleeved shirt and long pants
  • Long hair is tied up
  • Break areas are provided away from the work site with bathrooms and water for drinking and washing hands
  • Child has at least one ten-minute break every hour
  • Child changes outer clothing and washes hands after job

 

 

 

 

Main Hazards

ikweight
Weight of tobacco sticks
or leaves can strain
muscles
Moving parts of
tobacco press can lead
to pinning and crushing
Repetitive motion can
strain muscles and injure
back and joints

Remember

tight fitting sleeves, shirt tails tucked, cropped pantsleather gloveshandwashing
Tight-fitting
clothes
Leather gloves Good handwashing
 

Can your child do this job?

ABILITY

Does the tobacco weigh less than 10-15% of the child’s body weight?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! An adult should lift the tobacco.

Does the child have to carry the tobacco less than 10-15 yards?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! An adult should carry the tobacco to the stripping room.

Can the child understand and repeat from memory a 10-step process?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children who can't remember the steps to a job are more likely to be injured.

If using a tobacco press, can the child react quickly?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children need quick reactions to avoid injury.

Can the child stay focused on a job up to 50 minutes?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children working beyond their attention span are easily distracted and more likely to be injured.

 

TRAINING

Has the child been trained on bending and lifting techniques?
Yes.
No. STOP! Bending and lifting incorrectly can cause back injury.

Has an adult demonstrated stripping tobacco on site?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children learn best when shown how to do the job at the work site.

Has the child shown he or she can do the job safely 4 to 5 times under close supervision?
Yes.
No. CAUTION! An adult must watch constantly until the child shows he or she can do the job.

 

SUPERVISION

Can an adult supervise as recommended?
Yes.
No. STOP! The right level of supervision is key to preventing injuries.

 

Supervision

What's the right amount? Here are suggestions- but remember, it depends on the child.

Stripping:

Age 12-13: CHECK every few minutes at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes, then make sure the child is bending and lifting correctly and not showing signs of fatigue.

Age 14-15: When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes, then make sure the child is bending and lifting correctly and not showing signs of fatigue.

Using a tobacco press:

Age 14-15:
WATCH nearly constantly at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, CHECK every few minutes.

Age 16+:
CHECK every few minutes at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes.

 



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North American Guidelines
for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT)

For more information, visit: http://www.nagcat.org

 

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National Children's Center for
Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
Marshfield Clinic
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Phone: 1-800-662-6900 or 715-389-4999
Fax: 715-389-4996

 

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National Farm Medicine Center
Marshfield Clinic
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449-5790
Phone: 1.800.662.6900 or 715.389.4999
Fax: 715.389.3535

 

 

 


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