Farm safety starts with the producer. The leader.
Chances are… that’s mom and dad. But even if it’s not – the owner, “the boss” sets the tone for safety on the farm for everyone involved.
They are the first line of defense. They have the knowledge and experience to start a conversation about safety. Their family (their kids and hired help alike) relies on them to explain things. And most producers take it seriously.
But how do you start the conversation? Here are a few suggestions:
– Every time you assign a new task to someone, go over the potential hazards.
– Remember, every one learns differently. Sometimes explaining isn’t enough. Don’t be afraid to show and demonstrate various safety precautions.
– The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks can help you determine which chores are age appropriate for younger help.
– Talk about the worst case scenario. Have an emergency plan in place and share it with your family.
– Make sure you have appropriate personal protective equipment for everyone.
Be the example you want to see in your family!
The best thing you can do is make safety a priority in the way YOU work.
Everyone else will follow your lead.
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