Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

3 Steps To Avoid Safety Data Sheet Overload for Employees

Posted by Marty Huseman on Nov 28, 2017

There’s something intimidating to the average person viewing Safety Data Sheets (SDS) with all the scientific words and a mountain of detail. It no doubt looks like “work” to try to decipher a typical sheet and a bit overwhelming.

Would employees feel the same way if they became more familiar with SDS and knew how to break it down to where it wasn’t information overload?  Let’s be honest, to most employees, that SDS binder or that computer for SDS information lookup is someone else’s job not theirs.  All workers need to know how to access hazardous chemical information. Here are three steps to simplifying SDS sheets so employees can refer to them as a resource of information.

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Topics: chemicals

Farm Safety Tips: Respiratory Protection and Keeping You Safe

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jul 27, 2017

Ah, the great outdoors—crisp, clean air and the refreshing smell of morning dew! Yes, this is just one of the reasons many of us really love farming. On the other hand, does farming generate hazards for our respiratory systems?  Not only is the answer a resounding “yes,” but some of the most treacherous respiratory dangers are actually unique to farming.

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Topics: air/respiratory, agriculture, chemicals

Safety Data Sheet Saved His Life

Posted by Don Tyler on Jun 8, 2017

A dairyman was in a hurry to get some heifers treated and when going over a gate, accidentally stuck a syringe filled with a powerful cattle treatment drug in his leg, just above the knee.  He was unconscious before he hit the ground and laid in snow and mud for around four hours before waking up just enough to call for help.  A quick-thinking family member called their veterinarian so he could contact the EMT’s to be sure they used the right treatment.  If they had used their standard procedure for this type of reaction, they would have killed him instantly.  Still, he had to be revived three times on the way to the hospital.           

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Topics: pharmaceutical handling, agriculture, farm, chemicals

HERBICIDE PROGRAMS ARE CHANGING-DID YOU PREPARE TO CHANGE WITH IT?

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 4, 2017

Herbicide programs are changing from a single herbicide to a multiple herbicide mix for combating weed resistance.  Multi-herbicide tank mixes require growers to be familiar with even more Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to understand all safety precautions involved.  After assessing SDS sheets, plan ahead to assure you have plenty of personal protective equipment (PPE) "on hand" to get you through the season.  

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Topics: agriculture, chemicals, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment: Chemical Handling

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 11, 2017

We’ve talked about chemical safety before, but this is the time of year when many of us are applying anhydrous ammonia to our fields, using a wide variety of chemicals and handling thousands of pounds of seed, so here’s a brief refresher on safe handling of farm chemicals.

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Topics: chemicals, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Handling Hazardous Materials Safely

Posted by Good Day's Work on Mar 16, 2017

Chemicals are a fact of life in agriculture. We use them everywhere for almost everything. So it’s important to know the best practices for handling them carefully, storing them safely, and what to do in the event of unexpected exposure.

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Topics: hazard communication, chemicals

Safe Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia

Posted by Good Day's Work on Mar 14, 2017

Anhydrous ammonia is one of the most commonly used fertilizers in agriculture. It is used as an efficient method of restoring nitrogen into the soil. It’s easy to apply and readily available.

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Topics: anhydrous ammonia, chemicals, personal protective equipment (PPE)

HERBICIDE PROGRAMS ARE CHANGING-DID YOU PREPARE TO CHANGE WITH IT?

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 19, 2016

Herbicide programs are changing from a single herbicide to a multiple herbicide mix for combating weed resistance.  Multi-herbicide tank mixes require growers to be familiar with even more Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to understand all safety precautions involved.  After assessing SDS sheets, plan ahead to assure you have plenty of personal protective equipment (PPE) "on hand" to get you through the season.  

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Topics: agriculture, chemicals, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment: Chemical Handling

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 14, 2016

We’ve talked about chemical safety before, but this is the time of year when many of us are applying anhydrous ammonia to our fields, using a wide variety of chemicals and handling thousands of pounds of seed, so here’s a brief refresher on safe handling of farm chemicals.

Read More

Topics: chemicals, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Handling Hazardous Materials Safely

Posted by Good Day's Work on Mar 15, 2016

Chemicals are a fact of life in agriculture. We use them everywhere for almost everything. So it’s important to know the best practices for handling them carefully, storing them safely, and what to do in the event of unexpected exposure.

Read More

Topics: hazard communication, chemicals

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