Safer Times: The Good Day's Work Blog

Restock PPE Before Harvest 2020

Posted by Marty Huseman on Aug 10, 2020

August is a good time to take pause and check your inventory of PPE before going into harvest. 

No matter what you do, you have a reason to work safely and watch out for the safety of others.  Purchase quality products that meet safety standards and are appropriate for work you will be doing. Employees are more likely to wear PPE products that fit well and are comfortable.


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Topics: farm, personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protection, Hand Protection, Eye protection, Hearing Protection, PPE Inventory, COVID-19

Applying Official COVID Guidelines to Your Workplace [Guide]

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 16, 2020

As your business ramps up after lockdown, investing in a COVID-19 health and safety policy now can protect your employees and pay dividends for at least the next few months. Following this guide can protect your coworkers and help prevent another lockdown due to an outbreak – it’s mutually beneficial.

Here, we’ll help you translate the CDC and OSHA COVID-19 guidelines into a plan of action that works for your specific situation, whether you’re looking to assess your current policy or create a new one from scratch.

Implementation Tip – Who Writes The Guidelines?

As the supervisor or boss, you are responsible for the safety and health of your employees in the workplace.

  • your experience is valuable in creating guidelines that are tailored to your workplace and your needs


  • your credibility is necessary to create a policy everyone can agree on and follow.

If you are unable to write the COVID-19 workplace guidelines yourself, make sure that you are heavily involved in the process and involve individuals who are qualified and experienced in health, safety, and human resources.

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Topics: safety director, safety culture, safety training program, OSHA law & compliance, air/respiratory, insurance/ risk management, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Anhydrous Ammonia - Review the Basics

Posted by Marty Huseman on Nov 14, 2019

Anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is the perfect example of something that's commonly found in agriculture, but is also really dangerous. Because it's so common, people grow very comfortable using and being around it and forget that it's a hazardous chemical.

Anhydrous ammonia causes serious injuries, like severe frostbite, serious burns, blindness, suffocation or lung damage, and even death, all in a matter of seconds. Many injuries can be avoided by properly handling the product and respecting it each and every time you work with it. Personal protection is the responsibility of the employer and the employee.

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Topics: anhydrous ammonia, first aid, personal protective equipment (PPE)

4 Best Practices for Farm Safety

Posted by Good Day's Work on Sep 3, 2019

During busy seasons, farm safety can take a backseat to other business priorities critical to success. However, safety needs to be part of your critical success factor. Just one accident could affect your ag operation personally and financially, especially if it could have been prevented. Plan your pre-harvest training and safety meeting now to set tone for how your agribusiness will operate for the remainder of the year.

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Topics: safety culture, farm, slips/trips/falls, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Safe Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia - Train Employees

Posted by Marty Huseman on Nov 14, 2017

Are you and your employees prepared for the fall handling of anhydrous ammonia (NH3)? 

Before anyone begins to work around or with anhydrous ammonia it may be best to review your employee roster and see who has been trained and who has not. It is commonly reported that injuries of all types are more prevalent with first year employees. Don’t let new employees slip through the cracks and assume they’ve had adequate training, be absolutely sure.  Employees not directly involved with anhydrous should also be trained as they need to know what to do and what not to do should an incident arise. The hazardous nature of working with anhydrous ammonia leaves very little room for error, especially for those who don’t understand the hazards.


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Topics: anhydrous ammonia, first aid, personal protective equipment (PPE)

OSHA Inspection - What Will They Be Looking For? (PART 3 of 3)

Posted by Marty Huseman on Oct 24, 2017

This is the final part of a 3 part series on OSHA inspections.  If you have not read the previous parts, go back and do that:

Click here for Part 1 - Why would OSHA pay me a visit? and click here for Part 2 - What to do when they show up?.

Can you pass these 5 commonly cited areas with your operation?

On my last post; OSHA Inspection – What to do when they show up (part 2) we covered things to know prior to an OSHA inspection. In this blog I want to address what OSHA might be looking for when they arrive for an inspection. 


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Topics: confined spaces, lockout-tagout (LOTO), machine guarding (PTOs/augers), OSHA inspections & violations, hazard communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard analysis

Farm Safety Tips: Making the Case for Hearing Protection...

Posted by Good Day's Work on Aug 8, 2017

On the farm, we use our hearing to do our jobs better. The problem is, when it comes to hearing safety, most threats are long term. We don’t sense any immediate harm. This week's farm safety tips address why it’s important to train your employees on hearing protection

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Topics: farm, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment:  The Most Important Tool in Your Toolbox

Posted by Al Tweeten on Jul 11, 2017

Generally speaking, agriculture doesn’t place enough emphasis on personal protective equipment (PPE).  Failure to use PPE can have devastating consequences in both the short-term and long-term.

We’ve all been there. 

  • Not wearing gloves when you know flowing material has sharpened the edges of the equipment you are working on to a razor edge.
  • Not wearing goggles when you know the chemical you are using could harm your eyes.
  • Purchasing boots without steel toes out of concern for comfort when you know the steel toe version would better protect your feet.
  • Not using ear muffs when we are running the chainsaw even though you know your ears will ring for days afterwards.
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Topics: agriculture, personal protective equipment (PPE)

Hearing Protection Safety

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

Hearing Protection Safety

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Topics: farm, personal protective equipment (PPE)


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)

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