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.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #26

I think air conditioning has made us all a little more sensitive to heat stress. Hazards at ACRE during the summer include heat stress and sunstroke, so be aware of working conditions. At ACRE we have 2 water fountains in the Research Building’s employee breakroom area, as well as, a refrigerator and cola machine. Fluids are available. Shade is available during breaks. My employees have their own water jugs to provide fluids as needed. I personally freeze water bottles about 3/4 full and finish filling with water so they last until the next break. A hat with a wide brim would help too. A supervisor might think about providing a water cooler and paper cups. Get ice from the campus machine or at a service station on the way out. There is no reason to work until you are sick but there is no reason for a healthy adult to not work in hot Indiana weather with available fluids and a few cool down breaks. Does anyone remember the 105 degree heat during the summer of 1988? Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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