Agriculture and farm safety

Find information on agricultural safety and regulations, including pesticides, farm vehicles, seasonal workers, and more

Farm shop safety: Improving your odds

Learn about seven common problem areas around the shop and what you can do to improve safety for you and your employees. 

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Supporting materials:
Shop safety checklist 
(Spanish) [PDF]
Shop safety training checklist
Shop safety reminder posters 
Properly use earplugs 

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COVID-19 prevention safety plan [Word]
This editable word document includes resources and information for agricultural businesses working to comply with Oregon OSHA's temporary rules effective May 11, 2020.

Heat stress prevention safety plan
A blank template agricultural employers can use to protect workers from heat stress.   

Off road vehicle safety:Utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) (Spanish) and 10 minute safety talk (Spanish) [PDF] 
An overview of UTV safety from operation and maintenance to employee training.

Irrigation safety (Spanish) [PDF]
This handout discusses large irrigation system hazards and includes a training activity.

Interactive training
Review online training modules about new employee orientation, chemical safety, driving safely on and off the farm, and conscious decision making.

Farm safety (Iowa State University)
Several resources covering farm topics like pesticides, livestock, and equipment.  

Working with Livestock  

Branding safety checklist and 10 minute safety talk (Spanish) [PDF]
Handy checklist for things to consider when safely branding livestock.

Livestock safety: Vaccinations and other shots and 10 minute safety talk [PDF]
This handy checklist includes a list of hazards and best practices to consider when delivering shots to livestock.

Cattle handling pointers (R. Gill, C. Pate and R. Machen) (Spanish) [PDF]
Understanding the basic principles of cattle behavior can improve ease and speed while reducing animal stress.  

Dairy safety training guide (UC Davis) [PDF]
Learn how to conduct short training sessions on identifying and controlling hazards, machinery safety, animal safety, and planning for emergencies.

How to handle sheep by Dr. Temple Grandin 
[Video] Duration: 60 minutes
This video series provides information on general sheep handling as well as best practices in specific circumstances like processing centers and market facilities. (Spanish)



How to use an orchard ladder safely
Stay safe on orchard ladders by following the tips in this short video.
Duration 5 minutes | Watch now  (Spanish)



Work safely with orchard ladders  (English and Spanish) [PDF]

Pesticides and chemical hazards

This template will help you develop a written program for chemical hazards in your workplace. (Spanish)

Pesticide safety and 10 minute safety talk [PDF]
A checklist for best practices when applying pesticides.

Practical solutions for pesticide safety: handheld equipment (Pacific NW Agricultural Safety and Health Center)

Publications (EPA) (Spanish)
Information on safety and regulations regarding pesticide use.  

Worker Protection Standard (WPS

New Pesticide rules in Agriculture (Oregon State University)
This recorded webinar features Kaci Buhl from , as she explains the best ways to comply with the new pesticide rules in agriculture.

Handbook for Agricultural Employers  (Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative)
This resource provides information on the Worker Protection Standard. 

View the AEZ decision matrix.

Pesticide resources and videos (PERC)
View training resources and videos from the Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative.

Respiratory protection

Respiratory hazards in farming (Penn State)
A quick guide to choosing the right type of respirator. 

Safety meetings and assessments

Tailgate safety modules for agriculture (Ohio State University)
Download brief trainings on a wide variety of agricultural topics. (English and Spanish)

Additional resources

Compliance checklist (Spanish)

New employee orientation for farms (Spanish)

National Ag Safety Database (NASD)
Find resources on a wide variety of agriculture topics.

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (OIOHS)
Links to fact sheets and tips on agriculture safety and health.

Video library
Understanding ATV Stability

ATVs have become useful tools to increase productivity on Oregon farms, but they are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. This video demonstrates active riding techniques to improve ATV stability and provides practical safety tips to reduce injuries. (2012).

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Supporting materials: ATV Training guide (Spanish) [PDF]

Tractor safety elements

A significant percentage of agricultural injuries and fatalities occur on and around tractors. This video covers the nine important safety elements that Oregon OSHA requires every ag employer to review with their tractor drivers at least annually. Safety issues unique to the equipment and work environment are also discussed (2011).

Farm shop safety: Improving your odds

What do poker and farming have in common? Find out as we explore seven common problem areas around the typical farm shop, while learning to prevent injuries and improve safety.

Supporting materials:

Shop safety checklist (Spanish) [PDF]

Shop safety training checklist [Word]

Shop safety reminder posters [PDF]

Play English | Play Spanish | Request a DVD
Order code: Free DVD

Additional resources:

Earplug training [PDF] 
Properly use earplugs to prevent hearing loss.

DVD (no streaming available)

  • Cattle handling in meat plants | AGRI-26
    | This DVD contains six programs: 1) Animal handling in meat plants, 2) … Read more
  • Cattle handling principles to reduce stress | AGRI-27
    60 minutes | You'll learn how to identify and remove distractions in your facility … Read more
  • Groundskeeping safety: be a pro! | AGRI-11 (English/Spanish)
    17 minutes | If you're a professional groundskeeper, you know that maintaining lawn … Read more
  • Handling of pigs | AGRI-28
    30 minutes | Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D, includes three programs on this DVD: low str … Read more
  • In control: ATV and farm utility vehicle safety | AGRI-04 (English/Spanish)
    26 minutes | In this program you will learn basic riding tips on both normal terrai … Read more
  • Load and lift | AGRI-23 (English/Spanish)
    20 minutes | A guide to agricultural lift truck safety | This video focuses on the … Read more
  • Danger: chain saw | GENSAFE-09 (English/Spanish)
    28 minutes | Covers the safe use of chain saws, appropriate PPE and how to do an in … Read more
  • Orientation to orchard safety | AGRI-06 (English/Spanish)
    17 minutes | This video covers many of the safety issues that apply to working in a … Read more
  • Agriculture vehicle operation safety | AGRI-12 (English) AGRI-13 (Spanish)
    12 minutes | Designed for individuals operating any type of farm equipment or vehic … Read more
  • Reducing Pesticide Risks: In Interactive Program for Training Pesticide Handlers | AGRI-16 (English/Spanish)
    20 minutes | This U.C. Davis IPM program is comprised of two tools. There is a 113- … Read more
  • Pesticide Safety: Worker Protection | AGRI-17 (English/Spanish)
    Section 1: 19 min; section 2: 17 min | This video has been approved by the U.S. EPA. It's divided into two se … Read more
  • Cattle Handling Safety | AGRI-25
    14 minutes | Working with cattle can be done safely if you know what you're doing. … Read more
  • Pesticide training for agricultural employees | AGRI-01 (English/Spanish)
    N/A | This video has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as … Read more
  • Orientation to Packinghouse Safety | AGRI-02 (English/Spanish)
    N/A | This video covers many of the safety issues that apply to most jobs pe … Read more
  • Orientation to Ag Vehicle Safety | AGRI-03 (English/Spanish)
    22 minutes | This video covers many of the safety issues that apply to driving an a … Read more
  • Understanding ATV Stability (Free DVD) | Free DVD (English/Spanish)
    29 Minutes | ATVs have become useful tools to increase productivity on Oregon farms … Read more
  • Orientation to nursery safety | AGRI-05 (English/Spanish)
    11 minutes | This video covers many of the safety issues that apply to most jobs pe … Read more
  • Farm shop safety: Improving your odds | Free DVD
    9:48 minutes | Find out what a tea party, poker game, and safety superhero have to do … Read more
  • Tractor safety elements (Free DVD) | Free DVD (English/Spanish)
    11:37 minutes | A significant percentage of agricultural injuries and fatalities occur … Read more


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