First aid kits should be a staple on farms, and readily available. Farming is a dangerous occupation. Having a well stocked first aid kit can help you quickly respond to farm injuries. Being prepared can often mean the difference between an injury and a life threatening situation.
- Injuries can happen in different locations on the farm. Do you have multiple locations to store first aid kits such as the shop, tractor, barn?
- Does your first aid kit include personal medical information (e.g. allergic reactions) and the name and phone of your medical provider?
- 911 may not be standard service in all areas. Does your kit have an emergency number card which includes how to contact an ambulance, hospital, or fire department?
- Do you have directions to the farm or work area listed on a reference card?
- Have you and your family members/workers completed First Aid/CPR courses? Include the corresponding manual and first aid chart.
- Do you have the supplies to help you handle a major trauma such as an entanglement including a tourniquet, large and small garbage bags for limbs, wooden splints, elastic tape for fractures?
- Does your kit include a flashlight or flares/matches when working at night?
- Do you have a label and date on each kit? A nylon duffel bag works well to hold the larger items of the kit.
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.