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Certified safe farm: identifying and removing hazards on the farm.

Rautiainen RH; Grafft LJ; Kline AK; Madsen MD; Lange JL; Donham KJ
J Agric Saf Health 2010 Apr; 16(2):75-86
This article describes the development of the Certified Safe Farm (CSF) on-farm safety review tools, characterizes the safety improvements among participating farms during the study period, and evaluates differences in background variables between low and high scoring farms. Average farm review scores on 185 study farms improved from 82 to 96 during the five-year study (0-100 scale, 85 required for CSF certification). A total of 1292 safety improvements were reported at an estimated cost of $650 per farm. A wide range of improvements were made, including adding 9 rollover protective structures (ROPS), 59 power take-off (PTO) master shields, and 207 slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblems; improving lighting on 72 machines: placing 171 warning decals on machinery; shielding 77 moving parts; locking up 17 chemical storage areas, adding 83 lockout/tagout improvements; and making general housekeeping upgrades in 62 farm buildings. The local, trained farm reviewers and the CSF review process overall were well received by participating farmers. In addition to our earlier findings where higher farm review scores were associated with lower self-reported health outcome costs, we found that those with higher farm work hours, younger age, pork production in confinement, beef production, poultry production, and reported exposure to agrichemicals had higher farm review scores than those who did not have these characteristics. Overall, the farm review process functioned as expected, encouraging physical improvements in the farm environment, and contributing to the multi-faceted CSF intervention program.
Farmers; Agriculture; Agricultural workers; Safety measures; Safety practices; Safety programs; Standards; Work practices; Worker health; Health hazards; Occupational hazards; Injury prevention; Agricultural machinery; Tractors; Agricultural chemicals; Machine operation; Machine guarding; Motor vehicle parts; Motor vehicles; Risk analysis; Author Keywords: Agriculture; Farm machinery; Farm safety; Hazard abatement
Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Omaha, NE 68198-5110, USA
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Journal Article
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Cooperative Agreement
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007548; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U06-CCU-712913
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Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
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University of Iowa, Iowa City
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division