First up on our tour of careers in farm safety, we’re going to talk about for-profit companies.
Safety spans every business of agriculture. Full disclosure, I have limited experience in some most of these. It’s also impossible to cover every position that touches farm safety in some way. So please comment if you can shed more light on various safety positions within agribusiness.
Many companies in agriculture have made safety a priority. Some positions are solely devoted to safety and for others safety is one of many aspects of a position.
One of the easiest connections to make with safety lies with equipment manufacturers. They are constantly making safety improvements. PTO shields and ROPS are installed on every applicable implement that pulls off the assembly line. Step backwards through the process and those parts involve engineers, quality control technicians, and drafters. Even prior to that stage a market research team is probably involved along with someone to ensure all regulation and code is met.
Chemists, microbiologists, engineers, agronomists, breeders, and researchers are all making a difference in the seed industry. Today plants require fewer chemicals, sparing the farmers from the application dangers. Beyond that some companies have a business wide focus on safety infiltrating it into every aspect of the business.
Beyond that, some companies have a business wide focus on safety infiltrating it into every aspect of the business. Monsanto, for example, has established a strong safety culture for all of its employees. That commitment is also extended to family, friends, customers and communities where employees live and work.
“One of my goals as a project manager is to identify new ways and methods of communicating safety to our employees and to our customers,” said Brenda Cockrell, environmental safety and health project manager at Monsanto. “One way we accomplish that is through partnerships with organizations like Farm Safety 4 Just Kids which help us to reach more kids and keep them safe on the farm.”
There are even companies dedicated to producing, selling, and distributing farm safety related products. From retro-fitting ROPS on older implements to grain rescue tubes. Entire companies are devoted to farm safety, from the forklift driver in the warehouse to the president and CEO.
It goes even further. Think about insurance companies. If anyone is concerned about farm safety it’s those seeking to protect the well being of its customers and their property.
And every product you use on the farm has an element of safety. Think about it.
You see a fence as a way to keep your cattle from spreading to the four corners of the county.
But it also keeps your young kids from wandering into a potentially dangerous place.
That’s only the beginning. The connections are endless.
To wrap up, here is a short list of safety specific job titles you could find at a variety of agribusinesses:
– Loss control manager
– Managing director
– Manager of product safety marketing
– Product safety engineer
– Senior safety and health manager
– Safety and design engineer
– Assistant safety manager
– Property and casualty program analyst
– Safety project consultant/writer
– Technical specialist
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Written by Tracy Schlater, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids marketing director.