Needlestick injuries in agriculture are common although not as recognized as those in human clinical settings. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and on site workers are susceptible to needlesticks on the job. These injuries can be serious and may require medical attention.

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) hosts a webinar on this critical safety issue this Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 12:00 pm Central Savings Time.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

·         Be aware of the type of products that livestock producers and veterinarians are exposed to.

·         Recognize the epidemiologic features associated with needlestick related injuries.

·         Use and apply preventive practices to reduce needlestick related injuries.

UMASH Center Co-Director Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, DACVPM, will present the webinar. Dr. Bender is a professor in both Veterinary Public Health and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Hospital Epidemiologist with the Veterinary Medical Center at the U of MN and the Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center.

Dr. Bender's research interests include zoonoses and emerging diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, infectious disease surveillance, and infection prevention and control.

Online registration is available through UMASH.