Chip Petrea
Principal Research Specialist-Agricultural Safety and Health,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Current job description:
I work with Agricultural Safety and Health Continuing Education and Outreach, and Agricultural Safety and Health Academic Instruction (Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Health, UI-Chicago); the National AgrAbility Project Evaluation Team (Purdue University); and Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited, direct client service (UI-Urbana/Champaign Extension).

ISASH activity:
ISASH Secretary 2006-present; Professional Improvement Committee 1998-2006 (PI Chair 2001-2006). Member since 1992.

Why did you decide to join ISASH?
Encouragement from others.

What do you see as the greatest challenge for agricultural safety and health?
Too much work that is distributed too broadly geographically for the too few professionals available.

What do you see as priorities for ISASH?
Professional development for all disciplines working within agricultural safety and health; increasing membership through provision of member benefits not available in other professional organizations.

What has been one of your most memorable experiences with ISASH?
Buying lots of Endowment auction items for way more than they were worth!

What is one great piece of advice you’ve received in your career?
Read and follow the damn instructions.

Contact: 217-333-5035,

Petrea lives in Urbana, Ill. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in agricultural education, and a B.S. in dairy science, all from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.