Safe storage of chemicals on the farm is critical to you, your family, workers, visitors and livestock. Maintaining a proper chemical storage room or building reduces the risk of accidental exposure. Incidents with chemicals can be serious and life threatening, so it is important to review your storage area for possible hazards and correct any issues.
Have you taken the proper steps to ensure the safety of your chemical storage area?
The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for and fix to keep your workers and family safe.
- Are chemicals stored in a room or building which can be secured from children, visitors and livestock?
- Do chemical containers have the original labels?
- Are chemicals stored in their original containers and never in food or drink containers?
- Is smoking prohibited in and around buildings where chemicals are stored and when they are being handled?
- Is the storage area well ventilated and lighted?
- Are respirators, rubber gloves, aprons, chemical goggles, coveralls and other chemical protective gear available?
- Is the Poison Help Line number (1-800-222-1222) posted in a visible place?
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
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.