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Agriculture Is On OSHA's Radar--Are You Prepared?

Posted by Don Tyler on Aug 3, 2017

If you have a dairy operation in Wisconsin or upstate New York, or a pork production facility in Minnesota, or a feedlot in the plains states, you know that OSHA has been looking at you with greater intensity.   Other parts of the country are seeing similar increases in inspection activity.  States with their own OSHA agencies have regulations that are more strict than those of federal OSHA.  With Agriculture being the last high-risk industry that they haven’t targeted for significant improvements, it’s only logical that they would go here next.  Additionally, it is now commonplace for a disgruntled former employee to report specific infractions to these agencies in retaliation for perceived unfairness or mistreatment.  If you aren't compliant, just think of that inspector going through your operation with a checklist, ringing up expenses to you faster than a teenage girl using dad's credit card to shop for the prom. 

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance, OSHA Inspections, OSHA Regulations

Does My Farm Need a Safety Director? (Part 2).

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 20, 2017

Earlier this week, we discussed the first fundamental reason for having someone on your staff—even if it’s you—dedicated to safety. Having a single point-person fulfill this role is critical to maintaining the clear, consistent communication that optimizes safety among your employees

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Topics: Safety Director, Safety Consultant, OSHA Compliance

Does My Farm Need a Safety Director? (Part 1).

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 18, 2017

If you’re running an agribusiness, you probably rely on a few key people for their expert opinion or advice, like your vet or crop specialist. Now that you’ve decided to ramp up the operation’s ag safety program, you might be looking to expand that list of trusted advisers to include a safety director or safety consultant.

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Topics: Safety Director, Safety Consultant, OSHA Compliance

Agriculture Is On OSHA's Radar - Big Time!

Posted by Don Tyler on Dec 27, 2016

If you have a dairy operation in Wisconsin or upstate New York, or a pork production facility in Minnesota, or a feedlot in the plains states, you know that OSHA has been looking at you with greater intensity.  Sources close to the agency tell us that OSHA has focused on the chemical industry, manufacturing and construction over the last 30 years and feel that they now have those industries well-established with clear protocols and robust monitoring.  With Agriculture being the last high-risk industry that they haven’t targeted for significant improvements, it’s only logical that they would go here next.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance, Insurance

An OSHA visit: the worst day of your business

Posted by Don Tyler on Dec 13, 2016

Many things can happen in an ag business to make it a really bad day, and one of the worst might be a day that OSHA decided to stop by for an unannounced audit.  For some businesses that have regular inspections it may not be a major event, but for most operations it could be an expensive review.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Violations, OSHA Compliance, OSHA Inspections

Does My Farm Need a Safety Director? (Part 2).

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 21, 2016

Earlier this week, we discussed the first fundamental reason for having someone on your staff—even if it’s you—dedicated to safety. Having a single point person fulfilling this role is critical to maintaining the clear, consistent communication that optimizes safety among your employees

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Topics: Safety Director, Safety Consultant, OSHA Compliance

Does My Farm Need a Safety Director? (Part 1).

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 19, 2016
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Topics: Safety Director, Safety Consultant, OSHA Compliance

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