Needlestick injuries on the farm are usually minor, but they can be life-threatening. Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, and agricultural workers are susceptible to needlestick injuries on the job.
Prevent these kinds of injuries through worker training and best practices with sharps storage, handling, and disposal.
- Do you have a safety training program for employees who are working with sharps?
- Does employee training address products of most concern if there were an accidental needlestick?
- Do injection procedures include enough time for safe handling?
- Are employees trained to restrain animals properly while handling sharps?
- Are employees trained how to use a one-handed scoop if it is necessary to recap a needle? Refer to training videos at umash.umn.edu/needlestick
- Have employees had safety training on how to respond to an injury, get healthcare, and report an injury?
- Are appropriate disposal containers readily available for disposing of sharps?
- Is your farm complying with the state or local requirements for proper disposal of sharps (medical waste)? E.g type of container, labeling, disposal sites. Refer to SafeNeedleDisposal.org
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
Needlestick Safety Posters
Print-ready PDF files can be downloaded below.
A limited supply of pre-printed 11 x 17 laminated posters are available upon request.
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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 ensure 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.