Whereas for a number of years safety professionals have recognized the effectiveness of the combined usage of ROPS and safety belts;

Whereas at the National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., 1984 Summer Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia a resolution was passed urging ASAE to revise S318 to state a more positive recommendation of the combined usage of ROPS and safety belts;

Whereas ASAE has acted upon the NIFS resolution and adopted ASAE standard S318.8, Section 8.1 of which now specifies that ROPS shall be provided on wheeled agricultural tractors;

Whereas most wheeled agricultural tractor manufacturers have made ROPS and safety belts standard equipment on new tractors in the United States;

Be it therefore resolved…

…that the National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., endorsed F.I.E.I.’s recommendation for the formation of a joint steering/ coordination committee, composed of representatives from interested organizations such as government, universities, consumers, and industry, that would be established to develop and promote positive educational programs aimed at informing tractor users of the known effectiveness of the combined usage of ROPS and safety belts in reducing the severity of injuries and the number of fatalities resulting from tractor overturns;

And, be it further resolved…

…that the program would be administered by the Agricultural Division of the National Safety Council;

And, be it further resolved…

…that the National Institute for Farm Safety will support and participate in the development and implementation of such programs.