Ag Health & Safety
The OFB Health & Safety Committee urges Oregon’s agriculture producers to make safety a priority on their farms and ranches. Farming and ranching jobs come in as the 8th most dangerous, with 28 deaths for every 100,000 workers nationwide. The first step in keeping your ag operation safe is to become informed about what you can do to make a difference.
NEW! Sowing the Seeds to a Safe Agricultural Workplace guide, presented by the OFB Health & Safety Committee. This is a 59-page guide chock full of useful health and safety information for the farm or ranch. (.docx version of guide)
OFB’s Rural Road Safety brochure: The OFB Health & Safety Committee offers the popular Rural Road Safety brochure. Its goal is to educate the public on the proper use of Slow-Moving Vehicle signs and how to share the roads with farm equipment.
Stay safe when moving irrigation pipe or other metal equipment around live power lines.
> Find great tips for electric line safety on the farm or ranch from Pacific Power.
> Portland General Electric’s Look Up and Live – Power Line Safety.
Hood River President Randy Kiyokawa featured in “Growing Oregon” story about safety measures taken on the orchard to protect employees, from lowering tree heights to scheduling monthly safety meetings.
AFBF’s ASAP: Check out the American Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) page for resources, materials & contacts.
Oregon OSHA’s Cultivate a Safe Agricultural Workplace guide
Monthly #RuralHealthChat on Twitter for farmers and ranchers about health and safety topics, to bring together people and share resources and insights.
Washington Farm Bureau created a great safety program guide for farm employers, including farm safety tips and instructions in both English and Spanish. Download a copy here.
Simplified, Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard Now in Effect: As of June 1, 2015, all chemical manufacturers are required to use a new labeling and the SDS format established under Globally Harmonized System (GHS) criteria for classifying the health and physical hazards of the chemicals they produce.
“Agritourism: Health & Safety Guidelines for Children” by the National Children’s Center for Rural & Ag Health & Safety
Safeagritourism.com: With the growing popularity of taking the family to visit corn mazes, pumpkin patches and other agricultural attractions, it’s increasingly important for agritourism farmers to keep visitors safe.
Childhood Agricultural Safety Network: The network was formed to raise awareness and change behaviors to help keep children safer on the farm.
Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines help kids do the job safely: and assist parents and others in assigning appropriate tasks for youth who live or work on farms and ranches.
Oregon OSHA (Occupation Safety & Health Administration): The site is designed to let agricultural employers know about the many services available from Oregon’s workplace safety and health agency.
U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube channel: Videos can be accessed from a mobile device to conduct tailgate trainings in the field. Topics include: respiratory protection, livestock safety, tractor and machinery safety, child development, emergency response, grain safety, pesticide safety, heat illness prevention, ladder safety and hearing protection.
SAIF Corporation: Find information on agricultural safety and regulations, including pesticides, farm vehicles, seasonal workers, and more.
AgriSafe Network: Access free agriculture safety presentation materials from AgriSafe and OSHA and register for free ag-safety webinars.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY): The SAY project homepage, http://extension.org/say, is an umbrella compilation that includes many different curricula, programs, projects and activities that together have a common purpose of increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches. The American Farm Bureau Federation is a member of SAY’s national steering committee.
FARM-HAT, or The Farm/Agriculture/Rural/Management: A “hazard analysis tool website” that includes 11 category groups, including agricultural machinery and equipment, animals and livestock, buildings and facilities, off-road vehicles, and agri-retail and agritourism. The site includes a simple audit process for evaluating hazards and provides guidance for correcting hazards.