Scott Heiberger, communications manager of National Farm Medicine Center, was named president-elect of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) at its annual conference, June 24-28, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heiberger’s one-year term will begin June 2019.

Heiberger joined Farm Medicine in 2001. As the center’s communications manager, he oversees all aspects of communications and outreach. He also serves as managing editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Agromedicine.

ISASH is dedicated to the development of agricultural safety and health professionals and to providing leadership in the prevention of agricultural injuries and illnesses. ISASH membership also includes engineers, educators, insurers, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, statisticians, communicators, anthropologists and business leaders.

“Scott is a recognized leader in ISASH, the largest professional society of agricultural safety specialists in the world,” said Farm Medicine Director Barbara Lee, Ph.D., who served as ISASH president 1995-96. “Farm Medicine continues to play a lead role in this important organization, and we are so fortunate that Scott is getting ready to take the helm.”

ISASH was incorporated in 1962 as the National Institute for Farm Safety. Many safety initiatives in U.S. agriculture have involved members of ISASH, including: slow-moving vehicle emblem; emergency farm rescue; rollover protective structures; and assistive technologies for disabled farmers.