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.

12 Right photo: A grain bin rescue demonstration.

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. Download a copy here.

“Agritourism: Health & Safety Guidelines for Children” by the National Children’s Center for Rural & Ag Health & Safety

AFBF’s ASAP: Check out the American Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) page for resources, materials & contacts.

Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY): The SAY project homepage,, 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.

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.

Great links to ag safety websites follow:

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. Learn more here.

Childhood Agricultural Safety Network: The network was formed to raise awareness and change behaviors to help keep children safer on the farm.

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. OSHA’s ag safety & health website

Oregon OSHA’s respiratory protection guide for agricultural employers: “The Air You Breathe” booklet

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.

AgriSafe Network: Access free agriculture safety presentation materials from AgriSafe and OSHA and register for free ag-safety webinars.

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. 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. A new, interactive Web guide to help farmers improve safety is available at
Offered by the Marshfield Clinic, a large, multi-location medical practice in Wisconsin, the safe agritourism guide includes walk-throughs that use photos to contrast improper practices with best practices and guidelines, checklists that farm operators can use to do their own walk-throughs and resources such as signs, policies, logos and other printable items.

For more information, email Anne Marie Moss ( or call (503) 399-1701, ext. 313.