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Wearing a Respirator? Then No Facial Hair for You!

At commercial or private applicator re-certification trainings, it is possible to hear the phrase, “Don’t wear a respirator if you have facial hair!” Facial hair, whether a full beard or stubble, may prevent respirators from sealing to the skin or interfere with their valve function.

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Protecting Yourself From Ticks

During wet springs, tick populations tend to thrive in South Dakota. These parasitic arthropods require blood to fulfill their nutritional needs and commonly use humans as a host. Some ticks can also carry bacterial diseases that are a threat to human health.

e-cigarette kit with bottles of vaping liquid. Courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

The Truth About Vaping

The use of e-cigarettes, more commonly known as vaping, is a trend that continues to rise in America. Contrary to what most young adults and adolescents may believe, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless water vapor.

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Flood Safety Considerations for Youth

Much like any event or disaster, the time to prepare for a flood is before it happens. Families should prepare for events by having a conversation with family members.

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Junior Arborist Activity Guide

The Junior Arborist Activity Guide provides objectives, content, equipment and supplies needed to complete 8 modules of arboriculture instruction, helping schools and other educational programs to create a youth arboriculture program of their own.

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Safety & Training

Covering the range from animal handling to equipment safety, including training and certification to keep producers and their workforce productive.

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SDSU Extension Hosts Youth Hazardous Occupation Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA)

December 19, 2018

Youth planning to work on a farm or ranch this summer are encouraged to attend one of four Hazardous Occupations Safety Training for Agriculture (HOSTA) courses hosted by SDSU Extension this summer.

Youth Safety