Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Friday, December 10, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #21

Working outside at ACRE during the summer may expose some employees to heat stress that they are not used too, especially if they are accustomed to indoor air conditioning. You and your employees can reduce this risk on particularly hot days when working outdoors at ACRE. Protection can include drinking plenty of fluids, shading with a wide brim hat, scheduled breaks, added breaks during extremely hot or humid days, and observation of one another’s body stress signs. ACRE provides a 24 hour employee break area in the Research Building, Restrooms, water fountains, refrigerator, and cola machine are all available. For added safety the emergency telephone is available 24/7 in the Research Building for 911 calls. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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