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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Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about agricultural safety and regulations.

Pesticides and chemical hazards

A sample agricultural hazard communication plan [Word]
This template will help you develop a written program for chemical hazards in your workplace. [español]

Publications | Information on safety and regulations regarding pesticide use. [español] (EPA)

Worker Protection Standard (WPS
Training resources and videos from the Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative (PERC) including this quick reference guide.

Vehicles and farm equipment

Tractor safety training guide [PDF]
Safe operating practices for farm employees [español]

ATV safety guide [PDF]
Reduce the risk of injury when operating all-terrain vehicles. [español]

Guarding of farm equipment: Self-inspection checklist (NIOSH)
Federal regulations regarding hazards associated with moving machinery parts

Seasonal workers and children

National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (Marshfield Clinic)
Find a wide range of resources related to children and agriculture.

Safety meetings and assessments

Farm shop safety checklist [PDF]
Use this form to identify worksite hazards and make a plan to correct them. [español]

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

Can you identify fatal hazards on your farm or ranch? (OHSU) [PDF]
Real-life stories about farm accidents, with advice for how to prevent them. [Enlish and español]

Respiratory protection

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


The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program provides fact sheets in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) for protecting groundskeepers and others who work around wood chippers.
A second fact sheet on the same topic provides additional information. It is also available in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)


Work safely with orchard ladders  [English and español][PDF]

Dairies and animal handling 

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

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.

Additional resources

Farm and ranch safety and health (eXtension)
Browse the latest ag research from land-grant universities.

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

Penn State Extension/agricultural safety and health (Pennsylvania State University)
A multi-dimensional program with resources including engineering, reducing hazard exposure, safety training for youth, and managing agricultural emergencies

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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Order code: AGRI-09

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

Shop safety training checklist [Word]

Shop safety reminder posters [PDF]

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Order code: AGRI-14

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
  • Dairy Safety | AGRI-14 (Spanish)
    29 minutes | A comprehensive look at problems and safety recommendations for the da … 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) | AGRI-09 (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 | AGRI-14
    9:48 minutes | Find out what a tea party, poker game, and safety superhero have to do … Read more
  • Tractor safety elements (Free DVD) | AGRI-10 (English/Spanish)
    11:37 minutes | A significant percentage of agricultural injuries and fatalities occur … Read more