Most people have probably heard of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). But dairymen in Wisconsin and other states are becoming more familiar with the organization.
OSHA has established a program to protect workers from hazards found on Wisconsin dairy farms. Specific hazards mentioned were manure storage, lack of vehicle roll-over protection, machine guarding, confined spaces, and animal handling.
What does all that mean?
OSHA inspectors can visit dairies in Wisconsin to ensure safety measures are in place. But only if the dairy has more than 10 employees who aren’t immediate family members. And those dairies that “have had an active temporary labor camp within the last 12 months.” We don’t even know what that means. (If you want clarification, comment and we’ll investigate.)
Did the hairs raise on the back of your neck?
Typically no one wants to see an OSHA inspector anywhere near their business.
Eastern Dairy Business magazine suggests preparing for an inspector’s visit by leveraging the state’s consultation service. A consultant, not an OSHA inspector, will visit the farm and point out things an OSHA inspector would find giving you an opportunity to fix things before an inspector fines you.
Being proactive is the key to safety and in this case, it might save you from a pretty hefty fine.
Must be 18-years-old to participate.