Allowing people to visit your farm provides a unique opportunity for you to tell the story of your farm, and for the members of the public to learn more about agriculture.
Agritourism can also be a great way to increase farm income, but the additional risks and responsibilities must be considered.
The checklist below lists a few ways you can be prepared for visitors on your farm and keep them safe:
- Think about the traffic flow of visitors. Does the farm have three distinct areas: non-animal areas, animal areas, and entrance/exit transitions between?
- If food is available, do people eat and drink first, then visit the animals?
- Does the farm have running water, soap, and paper towels available for visitors?
- Are the hand washing facilities accessible for children and those with disabilities and located conveniently next to both the animal areas and food?
- Are signs visible throughout the venue reminding people to wash their hands and avoid hand-to-mouth activities?
- Are the animals safely contained in pens?
- Are visitors restricted from entering pens?
- Have you restricted all physical contact of chicks, ducklings, reptiles, and calves?
- Is there a plan in place to clean surfaces, especially pen railings, daily with soap and water?
- Is there a plan to remove sick animals from public contact?
- Are all farm workers or hired staff trained in the national best practices for animal contact?
You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm. Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST
Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to insure your safety.
WHAT IS THE UMASH FARM SAFETY CHECK?
The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.
Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips for identifying hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems. Use the Farm Safety Check checklists and resources to reinforce safety practices throughout the year and help prevent incidents and injuries for workers, visitors, and farm families.