Ag Safety STAT : June 2015

Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today is an electronic newsletter prepared by team members from the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Office. The goal is to provide seasonal safety news and activities that may be re-published in your own newsletters or programs. If you have safety-related questions or program ideas that you would like to share, please contact Dee Jepsen at
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In This Issue:
  1. Safety Tips For June

    Andy Bauer – Ohio AgrAbility Educational Program Coordinator

    With most crops in the ground a lot of the long days are done and others are just starting. Working safely is still an important mission that everyone needs to follow.
    June brings on spraying of crops, baling hay, taking care of the garden and mowing grass. These are but a few of the tasks that must be done safely.

    Spraying pesticides:
    • Be sure to read all labels on pesticides and follow the safety precautions listed.
    • Follow the proper application rates for the product being used and be sure to use the proper personal protective equipment for that product.
    • Even though it may be hot outside, wear long sleeve shirts and long legged pants.
    • Wear eye protection when mixing and using pesticides.
    • Take your time and don’t rush the job, it may take a little longer to do the job but it’s your health your protecting along with others.

    Baling hay:
    • Be aware of PTO shafts and other moving parts on equipment.
    • Don’t wear loose torn clothing that could get caught in moving parts.
    • Do not jump down off wagons and other equipment; climb down and save your ankle, knee and hip joints.
    • Be safe when handling bales whether small square or large round bales, if lifting by hand lift properly, use your legs and if using equipment to pick them up beware of balance points.
    • Don’t overload wagons and trucks.

    Working around the yard and mowing grass:
    • Always wear good protective shoes not flip-flops.
    • Always shut the mower deck down when getting off riding mowers.
    • Keep your feet away from mower decks and blades so you don’t spend the rest of the summer with missing toes.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and where young children are and keep them away from the mower.
    • Be aware of the discharge of the mower so as not to throw an object at someone or something.     

    Always keep safety in mind and keep June and the rest of your summer SAFE!

    For more information contact Ohio AgrAbility at or Andy Bauer at or (614) 247-7681.

  2. Safe Handling of Pesticides on the Farm

    Kent McGuire – OSU Ag Safety and Health Coordinator
    A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to prevent unwanted living organisms from causing damage to crops, animals, or humans. Common pesticides used on the farm include herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Exposure to pesticides causing poisoning or a health condition is the most common injury. Exposure can be through ingestion (through the mouth), inhalation (breathing) or skin absorption. Following some safety guidelines for pesticides can greatly reduce the risk of an unhealthy exposure causing an injury.

    Pesticide Storage:
    - Keep pesticides and related materials in a designated locked cabinet, isolated room or separate building.
    - Control access to the storage area and post “Pesticide Storage” signs to warn others.
    - Never store pesticides near food, seed, feed, fertilizers or other products that can become contaminated.
    - Always store pesticides in the original container with an attached label.
    - If storing pesticides on shelves, store liquids below dry powders or granuals.
    - Check pesticide containers periodically for leaks, breaks, or corrosion.

    Pesticide Handling:
    - Become familiar with the pesticide being used. Read and follow the information on the label.
    - Use all label recommended personal protective equipment for mixing, application, and clean up.  Examples include: chemical gloves, goggles, respirator, chemical apron, long sleeve shirt, long pants, and proper footwear
    - Mix or pour concentrated pesticides below waist level, to minimize any splash or fumes near the face.
    - Stand up wind so that fumes or dusts are blown away from the body.
    - Mix or pour in a well - ventilated area.
    - Prepare only the amount needed for application.
    - Clean up spills or leaks immediately.
    - Follow first aid procedures on the label if an exposure occurs.
    - Securely close containers immediately after use.
    - Use the proper equipment and follow the label requirements for application.
    - Exercise caution when applying in sensitive areas where drift could affect others.
    - Follow the pesticide’s re-entry time and procedures after application.
    - Triple rinse and dispose of empty containers properly
    - Wash personal protective equipment and exposed clothing immediately after use.

    Working with pesticides can be done safely when precautions are taken and users read and follow the pesticide’s label.

    For more information about OSU Ag Safety visit or contact Kent McGuire, OSU Agricultural Safety & Health, at or 614-292-0588.

  3. Sun Safety