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In addition to the hazards and risks usually present on farms, maintenance tasks bear some specific hazards. This fact sheet provides concise information on how to carry out maintenance tasks safely. Note: The full report is also available in the Body of Knowledge.
This guide describes the main hazards and risks associated with maintenance activities in agriculture and the most common causes of injuries and illnesses. Advice on risk management, accident prevention, policies and campaigns are also provided. Safe maintenance checklists for agriculture are also provided.
Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. Farming is one of the few industries in which the families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for injuries, illness, and death. This website provides the NIOSH home page on agriculture.
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation. Each year, more than 2 million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards. As a result, a significant number of young people are killed, injured or permanently disabled on farms in the United States. This eTool describes common agricultural hazards and offers potential safety solutions that both employers and young workers can utilize to prevent accidents and avoid injury on the job.
Experts representing workers, employers and governments, meeting at the International Labor Organization (ILO), have adopted a new draft Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture
designed to improve working conditions in agriculture, which employs some one billion workers worldwide.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed revisions to two
of its most frequently cited engineering standards. These standards cover lighting and marking.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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