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.

Monday, March 21, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #60

Accidents can occur and do happen without warning. The consequences of minor injuries may be reduced by appropriate first aid. As an example, recently I smashed my big toe. Ouch! I immediately put a bag of ice on it. I elevated my foot and kept my toes iced on and off for the next few hours. Even though my toe was very sore, I reduced the potential damage significantly by actively administering appropriate first aid. My safety thought then is to have an action plan when something does happen. Know where to find your project’s first aid kit. Know that zip lock bags and ice are available in the shop’s break room. Decide if you need to call 911 or seek professional help. Finally, don’t forget to report the injury to you supervisor so that they can file a “First Report of Injury” form. For me that was the worst part, but I recovered from that embarrassment too. Think, plan, and work safely at ACRE Jim

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