Ag Safety
Safety Services

Effective safety management can improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of an organization as well as improve the quality of life for workers and students. Here are some examples of how the Office of Health, Safety, and Environmental Quality can help your department achieve its goals.


Training for Employees and Students

Examples:
Empower employees and students to take charge of their own safety through training in back-injury prevention, office ergonomics, first aid, defensive driving, chemical safety, confined spaces (entering silos, manure pits, etc.), lockout/tagout (safe maintenance procedures for equipment with moving parts, hydraulics, electricity, and other hazards), farm machinery safety, scaffold safety, ladder safety, laboratory safety, forklifts, compressed gases, electrical safety, waste management, respirators/personal protective equipment, pesticide safety, fire protection, substance abuse, bloodborne pathogens, etc.

Benefits:
Reduce the number of accidents, improve morale, reduce costs due to injuries and property damage, improve efficiency, reduce injury-related absenteeism, demonstrate that we care about our employees and their families, and reduce legal penalties for noncompliance.

Facility and Equipment Inspections and Consultations

Examples:
Identify hazards and recommend controls based on the latest concepts of ergonomics, machine guarding, ventilation, hazardous materials management, fire protection, safe housekeeping, electrical safety, personal protective equipment, etc.

Benefits:
Create a safer and more efficient workplace, improve the organizational image, reduce pain and suffering from injuries, and comply with federal and state regulations.

Assistance for Local Safety Committees

Examples:
Train and assist respected employees and students to lead the safety effort at the local department level.

Benefits:
Create employee ownership and grass-roots support for safety, provide opportunities for leadership among employees and students, respond to local conditions and needs, give employees a chance to contribute to the success of the organization, handle problems at the local level without involving enforcement agencies, help employees develop a sense of accomplishment, and build pride in the organization.

Technical Assistance and Industrial Hygiene Services

Examples:
Resolve ergonomic problems, improve indoor air quality, consult about safety concerns, analyze injury data and recommend a program for improvement, develop safety policies and procedures, measure and control employee exposure to noise and hazardous substances, investigate accidents to prevent their recurrence, manage medical surveillance programs, assist with hazardous waste disposal, etc.

Benefits:
Remove hazards and distractions from the workplace so that employees and students can concentrate on their primary mission, reduce injuries and employee turnover, reduce opportunities for bad publicity and ill-will, and ensure legal compliance.

Review of Plans for New Facilities, Equipment, Processes, and Programs

Examples:
Identify risks and recommend solutions in the planning stage (before items are purchased, before facilities are constructed, and before programs are initiated).

Benefits:
Eliminate problems before they occur (during the planning stage, when changes are most economical and least disruptive).