Farm Safety Check: Farm First Aid

Farm Safety Check: Farm First Aid


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.


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