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Hazard Assessment: How to find the high risk safety issues on your farm

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 10, 2017
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Compared to other industries, farm work is the most dangerous of all. Every year, more than 480 people in the US are killed performing ag-related jobs. Hundreds more are seriously injured. According to OSHA, it is the employer’s responsibility to evaluate the workplace and ensure a risk-free environment.

To accomplish this, audits of your operation should be conducted at regular intervals throughout the year to identify – and correct – potential hazards. Developing a checklist of potential hazards in your operation is a great way to get started.

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Line ‘em Up and Check ‘em Off

Below are some sample questions to help you develop a hazard assessment checklist for your operation:

  • Are your tractors equipped with a Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS)?
  • Is hearing protection provided to employees who operate loud machinery?
  • Are proper confined spaces procedures followed when entering and working in grain storage facilities?
  • Are Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available throughout your operation for employees using hazardous chemicals?
  • Have augers, conveyers, and PTOs been properly shielded to prevent limbs, hair, and clothing from getting snagged in the machinery?

Building a comprehensive checklist for your operation and reviewing it regularly will put you well on your way toward creating a safer working environment for your employees.

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Topics: hazard communication, hazard analysis

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