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.
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.
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.
Links to Ag Safety Websites
FEELDS: FEELDS stands for Oregon Farm Bureau’s Farm Employer Education & Legal Defense Service. It’s a member-service program for Oregon Farm Bureau members. For only $66.25 per month, FEELDS helps you keep up with the frequently changing state and federal regulations. It helps you identify your business strengths and areas that might need some extra attention. FEELDS also provides you with a helping hand so you can be sure you are managing your employment situations correctly
Oregon OSHA’s respiratory protection guide for agricultural employers:
“The Air You Breathe” booklet
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.
U.S. OSHA (Occupation Safety & Health Administration): A great source for information about federal OSHA standards for ag operations, potential hazards and solutions for farmers and ranchers, research, education programs, and more.
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.
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. A new, interactive Web guide to help farmers improve safety is available at safeagritourism.com.
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. safeagritourism.com