The Univeristy of Florida has received a grant for nearly $10 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH.
This is a five-year project that will explore occupational health and safety of people who work in agriculture, fishing, and forestry industries in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and North and South Carolina. The project has established the Southeastern and Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SEC-CAgSH) to conduct research and educational activities with the goal of promoting occupational health and safety. This will be the 11th U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health center sponsored by NIOSH.
"The partnership between IFAS research ad Extension, PHHP and EPI will create a powerful interdisciplinary focus on agricultural safety and health that will provide the industry with the tools and training to maintain a healthy workforce," said Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of UF/IFAS.
J. Glenn Morris, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Florida, is the director of SEC-CAgSH. The grant has been awarded to UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions. However, researchers with various areas of expertise from the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, Emory University, and Florida A&M have all agreed to collaborate on the project.