Safety on the Farm
According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured and hundreds more die in farming accidents.
What can I do to improve safety on my farm?
You can start by increasing your awareness of farming hazards and making a conscious effort to prepare for emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires, and chemical exposures. Be especially alert to hazards that may affect children and the elderly. Minimize hazards by carefully selecting products you buy to ensure that you provide good tools and equipment. Always use seat belts when operating tractors, and establish and maintain good housekeeping practices.
There are many other steps you can take to reduce illnesses and injuries on your farm. Better safety and health practices reduce worker fatalities, injuries, and illnesses as well as associated costs such as workers' compensation insurance premiums, lost production, and medical expenses. A safer and more healthful workplace improves morale and productivity. For more resources visit the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at: http://www.necasag.org/
The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) has several announcements including a web-based inventory of WPS training resources, now online. The inventory includes the first video approved by EPA for training workers under the new regulation (2015), in English and Spanish. Visit the PERC website: http://www.pesticideresources.org/
The Safety Fund set up by NYCAMH will assist New York farmers who need financial help improving safety on their farms. As the first program of its kind in New York State, this cost sharing program will allow farmers to make lifesaving safety upgrades.
The new program announced by NYCAMH will become available beginning in January of 2016 to the state’s farmers who meet the application guidelines. The program will be geared towards smaller farms of all commodities. Applications to the program may be submitted at any time and may be obtained online at www.nycamh.org, by calling NYCAMH at (800) 343-7527 or emailing email@example.com. The number of awards and the award amount will be determined by NYCAMH on a first-come, first-served basis. It honors the organization’s co-founder and long-time director Dr. John May.
|OSHA’s revised record keeping rule includes two key changes:
First, the rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA
You can report to OSHA by:
Second, the rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. There are two important elements for producers to understand:
1. The new rule retains the exemption for any employer with ten or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records. So smaller operations are not required to keep these records, just like they are not subject to other OSHA enforcement.
2. Agriculture/dairy is not considered a low hazard industry and so the new rules above apply to dairy.
The final rule will allow OSHA to focus its efforts more
effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and
illnesses. The final rule will also improve access by employers, employees,
researchers and the public to information about workplace safety and health
and increase their ability to identify and abate serious hazards.
Last updated December 13, 2016