Help Workers Cope with Heat Stress
Tools to Protect Worker Health
Improve Labor Management in the Workplace
Managing Financial Risk


Sponsored by:

Western center for Risk management education

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Risk Management Agency


This website provides resources to raise awareness and manage risks in agriculture and horticulture operations related to workers, human health, and financial risks.  
Agriculture, horticulture and landscape operations in the Southwestern United States are very labor intensive and workers often work outside. The long hours, high temperatures, and repetitive motions make the workers vulnerable to work-related musculo-skeletal disorder and heat stress. Preventing or reducing these problems can reduce injury, absenteeism, and higher insurance premiums. Effective communication in the workplace between supervisor and crew leader and crew leader and workers are important for optimum operational efficiency. Resources are provided that help train supervisors and provide options for effective communication and mitigating communication problems. Financial risks, immigration and labor regulations and laws also affect agricultural operations in the Southwest. Resources on business planning, cost of production, and immigration are available for business owners and managers.

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Last Reviewed and Updated: January 23, 2013
Questions/Comments: Ursula Schuch
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