It’s now February and for many of us, this is the closest we get to having “down time” at any point in the year. If you find yourself with a few spare hours sometime in the next few weeks, it might be a good opportunity to think about making a farm safety plan for your farm. A safety plan doesn’t have to be complicated. It could be as simple as:
-Making sure that emergency numbers are up-to-date and are saved in everyone’s phones and/or posted where they might be needed.
– Going through your first aid kits and making sure that they are well-stocked and that nothing has expired.
-Walking around and checking that your fire extinguishers haven’t expired and are in good shape.
-Making sure that you have enough/new protective equipment like ear plugs or dust masks.
-Checking that your slow moving vehicle signs and all of the lighting on your equipment is in good shape.
-Going through your storage areas to be sure that any pesticides, medications, weed killers, etc that have expired or that you won’t use get disposed of properly.
-Working on clearing walkways and putting down fresh gravel as much as the weather allows.
The point is, as soon as planting season hits everyone is going to be super busy. By doing some of these little things that improve safety ahead of time if you have an hour free here and there goes a long way towards preventing problems later on.
If you want to create a more structured farm safety plan, the link below goes to an article that has a list of age safety plan resources at the bottom. Different farms are going to find different program structures more useful, so browse around and see if there is a template or program that works for you.