Topping tobacco


Adult responsibilities topping tobacco plants

ADULTS NEED TO MAKE SURE:

 

  • Re-entry standards are followed
  • Tobacco plants are dry
  • Child has safe transport to the field
  • Work area has no hazards
  • Child has no insect allergies
  • Child wears long sleeved shirt, long pants, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Child and adult can communicate by cell phone, walkie-talkies or other method
  • 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 drinks a quart of fluids every hour
  • Child changes outer clothing and washes hands after job

 

 

 

 

Main Hazards

Sunrepetitive hand motion hand touching leaves
Sun can cause heat
exhaustion
Repetitive motion can
strain muscles and
injure back and joints
Contact with wet tobacco
leaves can lead to green
tobacco sickness

Remember

bootsSafety Gogglesmoisture resistant gloves
Bite-proof protective
boots with non-skid
soles
Eye Protection Moisture resistant
gloves
 

Can your child do this job?

ABILITY

Is the child tall enough to stand on the ground and reach the blossoms without overstretching?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children who have to strain to reach the blossoms are more likely to be injured.

If using cutting tools, are they the right size for the child?
Yes.
No. STOP! The wrong size tools can cause injury.

Can the child repeat a manual procedure for 50 minutes without becoming exhausted?
Yes.
No. STOP! Children working beyond their endurance are more likely to be injured.

Is your child responsible? Do you trust your child to do what’s expected without anyone checking?
Yes.
No. STOP! Irresponsible behavior can lead to injury.

Can the child repeat a manual procedure for 50 minutes without becoming exhausted?
Yes.
No. STOP! Good eye-hand coordination is needed to prevent injury.

Is your child responsible? Do you trust your child to do what’s expected without anyone checking?
Yes.
No. STOP! Irresponsible behavior can lead to injury.

Does the child do things that seem dangerous for the thrill of it?
Yes. STOP! Children who take risks or behave dangerously are more likely to be injured.
No.

 

TRAINING

If using cutting and spearing tools, has the child been trained to use them safely?
Yes.
No. STOP! Training is needed to prevent injury.

Has an adult demonstrated topping 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.

Age 12-13: WATCH nearly constantly at first. When the child shows he or she can do the job, CHECK every few minutes.

Age 14-15: 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 16+:
When the child shows he or she can do the job, LEAVE for 15 to 30 minutes, then make sure the child is using cutting tools correctly and not showing signs of fatique.

 



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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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