Dee Jepsen was recently named President of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH). Jepsen will serve on the Board of Directors for a two-year term through the summer of 2019.
ISASH is an organization dedicated to the professional development of agricultural safety and health professionals, providing national and international leadership in preventing agricultural injuries and illnesses to the agricultural community. ISASH provides opportunities for sharing information about research and intervention programs, improving professional skills and knowledge, networking and other supportive activities.
Dee Jepsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University and State Leader for the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program. Many of her efforts around the state have gained her a national reputation for leadership in community safety initiatives. She also is a regular OCJ contributor.
During her term, Jepsen hopes to foster additional international connections within the Society.
“I have a goal to connect and re-connect members with others doing work in this discipline,” she said. “There are so many opportunities to impact farmers’ and ranchers’ quality of life through better outreach and engagement of best management practices. Whether it’s domestically or around the world, this organization connects many of us in the occupational safety and health field.”
Jepsen has been a member of ISASH for 25 years.
“To be entrusted to lead this organization is a professional honor,” she said.