Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Other Farm-Related Hazards

Farms, and the work associated with the farms, typically can be quite dangerous due to the nature of the work, machinery and equipment being used, and the facilities themselves. Links and general applications are provided below for your information and to provide guidance when determining necessary training and work practices.

Confined Spaces

Farms which have silos, feed bins, grain bins, manuer pits, etc. have confined spaces. Confined spaces, by nature, can be potentially dangerous if not properly assessed prior to entry.

Electrical Hazards

Electrical hazards on farms may include out-dated electrical systems in facilities, electrical workmanship which does not meet code, use of temporary wiring - often in wet or damp locations, and overhead power line hazards; all of which can pose a significant hazard to humans and livestock.

Excavation Hazards

Farms involved in excavation work, where the depth of the excavation is greater than four feet deep, must designate a competent person to provide oversight of this program.

Fall Hazards

Personnel who are exposed to fall hazard situations greater than four feet must be protected by an appropriate fall protection system, or use a personal fall arrest system.

Hazardous Chemical Management

Farms that use or store hazardous chemicals or products, including pesticides, must implement a Hazard Communication Program, including training and documentation.

Hearing Conservation

Noise on farms from operating machinery and equipment or working with certain animals can be excessive in some situations. Personnel may need to be enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program or voluntarily wearing appropriate hearing protection devices.

Ladder Safety

Personnel using step ladders or extension ladders must follow related safe work practices, and departments must ensure that the appropriate types of ladders, in good condition, are available for use.

Lockout/Tagout

Where personnel may be exposed to hazardous energy sources, such as electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, gravity, etc., positive means of de-energizing and controlling hazardous energy sources must be implemented.

Machine Shop Safety

Farms with wood- and/or metal-working working machinery must ensure that personnel using the machines are trained and that the machines are in proper working order, including appropriate guarding.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personnel exposed to hazards that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level must be provided with, and wear, appropriate personal protective equipment. Departments must designate a coordinator to evaluate workplace hazards and select appropriate hazard controls.

Powered Industrial Trucks

Personnel who operate forklifts, or tractors/bobcats with fork extensions, must be trained and certified through EHSS.

Scaffold Safety

Farms that have scaffolding must designate a competent person to provide program oversight and ensure that personnel using the scaffolding have received proper training.