Safety starts with you

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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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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