Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Farm Safety Introduction

Purpose

The agriculture industry, grouped with forestry, fishing, and hunting, consistently ranks in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The purpose of this program is to provide guidance for the safe operation of tractors and awareness of other farm-related hazards.

Application

Each department with personnel who work on farms, or who operate farm-related machinery and equipment (e.g. tractors) must ensure personnel are aware of work-related hazards and that safe work practices and other necessary controls are implemented to reduce or eliminate likelihood of injury or illness.

Scope

This program covers Virginia Tech personnel who operate tractors, or who are exposed to farm-related hazards, regardless of work location.