Developing and implementing on-farm safety programs 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. Continued reviews of existing programs, regulations, inspections/audits, and training are required.
Here are a few tips to help you take on this large project:
- The most difficult part of becoming compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations is getting started. It is not a one-time project that you can complete and then walk away.
- Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick a few items that are important to you or the industry and tackle them first. Then move onto the next project.
- Use your resources. OSHA’s web page, OSHA Small Business, has several tools that can help answer many 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.
Source: Vita Plus Starting Strong Calf Care E-news - February 2013