This year’s theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week (NFSHW) has a focus on the foundation of agriculture throughout the world – the farm family. Although farming in many regions is moving toward large operations and corporate endeavors, a great percentage of the agrarian industry is still based in the family unit. The International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH) continues to have the protection and well-being of farm family members as one of its guiding principles.
Each year, since 1944, the third week in September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. For 2012, National Farm Safety & Health Week is September 16 – 22; the theme is Agricultural Safety & Health…A Family Affair. This recognition began as an annual promotion by the National Safety Council (NSC) and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt who signed the first document. This proclamation appears on the White House web site the first week in September. A partner of the NSC, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), continues this tradition. NECAS has assumed the development and dissemination of informational and educational materials.