National Ag Safety Database

Mission
Funding and Administration
NASD Editorial Review Board
NASD Survey Report (pdf)
History of NASD
Recommendations for New Materials

Mission

The database was developed with funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The information contained in NASD was contributed by safety professionals and organizations from across the nation. Specifically, the objectives of the NASD project are:

  • To provide a national resource for the dissemination of information;
  • To educate workers and managers about occupational hazards associated with agriculture-related injuries, deaths and illnesses;
  • To provide prevention information;
  • To promote the consideration of safety and health issues in agricultural operations;
  • To provide a convenient way for members of the agricultural safety and health community to share educational and research materials with their colleagues

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Funding and Administration

The National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) was created through funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) beginning in 1993. A series of grants from NIOSH and one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2002-2004) have supported development and expansion of NASD.

Currently, the NASD project is mostly funded from a CDC/NIOSH grant (#5U54OH010162-02) to the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH).

Supplemental funding for NASD comes from [a] a CDC/NIOSH grant (#U54OH007547-11) to the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), and [b] a CDC/NIOSH grant (#U54OH008085-08) to the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS).

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NASD Editorial Review Board

Chair:
Dr. Carol
J. Lehtola (University of Florida)

Members:
Mr. Glen G. Blahey, CSRP (Workplace Safety & Health Division, Manitoba Labour, Canada)
Ms. Sheri Burgus (Farm Safety 4 Just Kids)
Mr. Murray Madsen (University of Iowa)
Dr. Chip Petrea (University of Illinois)
Dr. Risto Rautiainen (University of Nebraska)
Dr. Deborah Reed (University of Kentucky)
Dr. Julia Storm (North Carolina State University)
Dr. Roger Tormoehlen (Purdue University)

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History of NASD

In October 1993, NIOSH provided funding through its Agricultural Health Promotion System (AHPS) grant program to develop the first National Ag Safety Database (NASD). The database was developed at the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Rick Niemeier of NIOSH, and Dr. Pierce Jones of UF directed the project. In June 1995, the first version “NASD'95” was released as a CD-ROM.

In October 1996, NIOSH funded a three-year program to update the database and convert the database into HTML format for web delivery. Dr. Rick Niemeier of NIOSH directed the project and coordinated the identification, solicitation and procurement of new content. By October 1997, the entire database had been converted, a web-site established and a CD-ROM (NASD'97) produced. Expansion of the database continued through the end of the project (September 1999) and two more CD-ROMs were produced (NASD'98 and NASD'99).

In 2002-2006, NIOSH funded NASD through the Southern Coastal Ag Center (SCAC). Dr. Carol Lehtola directed the project. In 2007-2009, NIOSH funded NASD through the University of Florida – again, Dr. Lehtola directed the project.

After a 4-year hiatus, in 2013 NIOSH resumed support for NASD with funding through the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CSCASH), the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), and the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS).

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Recommendations for new Materials

The National Ag Safety Database (NASD) is a web-based central repository of health, safety, and injury prevention materials for the agricultural community. With support from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), we have been reworking the look of NASD and expanding the volumes of information within it. With your help, we can make NASD more useful than ever!

There are many users of NASD that are eager to see new information posted. We encourage you to submit as many materials as you wish. From PowerPoint presentations and informational pamphlets to research reports, papers, videos, and links to your websites, we welcome all submissions relating to agricultural health, safety, and injury prevention!

To Recommend materials that you'd like to see incorporated into NASD , or Contribute your own materials to NASD click here

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