Developing and implementing an on-farm safety program takes a great deal of time, but is worth the investment when it helps to keep your team safe, says Scott Hall, Vita Plus safety director. Here are a few tips to help you take on this large project:
• Get the right mind-set. The most difficult part of becoming compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations is getting started. Remember, this is not a one-time project that you can complete and then walk away from.
• Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick a few items that are important to you or the industry and tackle those first, then move on to the next project.
• Use your resources. OSHA’s small business web site (http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html) has several tools that can help answer your questions.
• Ask for help. Most individuals in the safety field are very willing to help with regulation interpretation, program design or, at a minimum, point you in the right direction.