Fatigue has serious negative impacts on physical and mental health. Operating machinery when you’re sleep deprived can be as dangerous as operating machinery under the influence. While seasonality is a part of farming, it is important to be aware of the consequences fatigue can have, and what you can do to promote safety and health on your farm.
Set down the coffee and check in on fatigue before spring activities take over.
The checklist below lists a few things to help recognize the signs, symptoms and possible strategies to address fatigue:
- Are you aware of how much you’re sleeping and how much you need to sleep for safe work performance?
- Are you aware of the symptoms of fatigue, like dizziness, headaches, vision impairments, poor concentration, slow reflexes, changes in mood?
- How are you managing stress? High stress levels can lead to fatigue.
- Have you maintained a balanced diet with adequate hydration? These factor highly into fatigue.
- Are you heavily reliant on caffeine? This could indicate unhealthy levels of fatigue.
- Have you had a recent physical? Fatigue can be caused by multiple medical conditions.
- Does your safety plan for employees address fatigue management? This could include work maximums, rest minimums, working in pairs, and communication.
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.