SPOTLIGHT: Top Ten (Easy) Steps for Farm Safety

SPOTLIGHT: Top Ten (Easy) Steps for Farm Safety


There seems to be a top ten list for almost everything today. Top ten travel sites, top ten ice creams, top ten places to retire, just to name a few. When it comes to farm safety, Michigan Farm Bureau has a practical list of 10 easy steps to creating a safer workplace on your dairy farm

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations, and livestock production, such as on dairy farms, carries unique risks. Working with large animals, operating equipment, and handling various chemicals are a few risks associated with dairy farming. If you have employees, it is important to ensure they are aware of the hazards and are properly trained.

10 Easy Steps

  • Set safety as a priority.
  • Lead by example.
  • Implement a reporting system.
  • Provide training.
  • Conduct inspections.
  • Collect hazard control ideas.
  • Implement hazard controls.
  • Address emergencies.
  • Seek input on workplace changes.
  • Make improvements.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Take a moment to review the suggestions and try implementing some or all on your dairy farm. For additional safety resources, visit our webpage umash.umn.edu