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Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:58:14 -0500
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The Spring 2008 Newsletter, Safety Is An Attitude, is now available on the
EHS Web Site at:

In this issue:

Working with Large Animals
   Large animals, such as beef cattle and horses, rank second only to
   machinery as a cause of agricultural injuries. Safe and efficient
   handling of large animals requires proper technique, correctly designed
   and installed handling facilities, and on-the-job training for
   employees. Animal handlers must be familiar with the animals' general
   behavior and tendencies. [more]

   Zoonoses refer to diseases primarily of animals but which can be
   transmitted to humans as a result of direct or indirect contact with
   infected animal populations. Zoonotic agents include bacteria, virus,
   rickettsia, fungi, and parasites. These infectious agents can enter the
   human body through animal bites, scratches, contact with the eye
   conjunctiva, ingestion, or through the inhalation of aerosols. A few
   examples of zoonoses (and their causative agents) that may be found in
   Nebraska include: tularemia (Fransicella tularensis), Q-fever (Coxiella
   burnettii), ringworm (Microsporum Trichophyton) and Hantaviral disease
   (bunyaviruses).  [more]

Reducing Chemical Use in the Landscape

   A source of pollution in lakes and streams is insecticides, herbicides,
   and fertilizers flushed from yards by rainstorms.  Once in lakes and
   streams, these chemicals can kill aquatic plants and insects, cause
   blooms of blue-green algae, and create environments where bacteria such
   as E. coli can thrive.

Environmental Health and Safety
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