Farm Safety Checklist


 First Aid

  • Are emergency phone numbers listed and posted in prominent
    places (e.g. by telephones and in main work areas)?
  • Is there a first aid kit available in the farm-yard, house, barn or
    in the main farm buildings?
  • Is someone on the farm trained in first aid and CPR?

 Farm Equipment/Machinery

  • Are guards and shields always kept in place when farm machinery is
    in use?
  • Is the power always turned off before machinery is adjusted,
    repaired, or unclogged?
  • Are extra riders prohibited from riding on farm equipment?
  • Do farm workers always check to ensure children and animals are
    not close by before starting up farm machinery and equipment?
  • Are seatbelts always worn when operating tractors equipped with
    Roll Over Protective Structures?
  • Are drawbar loads always hitched to a drawbar rather than to the
    tractor’s axle, frame or raised three-point hitch?
  • Are manufacturers’ recommendations for adding front-end weights
    always followed when using rear mounted implements on tractors?
  • Are all tractors and self-propelled machines equipped with a dry
    chemical fire extinguisher?
  • Are doors and windows in buildings open when vehicles or
    equipment with internal combustion engines are started or
    run indoors?
  • Do farm machinery operators wear clothing which is tight-fitting
    and not torn or ragged when working near machinery?
  • Are farm tractors and other self-propelled vehicles always kept in
    good working order (e.g. periodic brake adjustments, properly
    inflated tires, hydraulic hoses kept in good condition)?
  • Do all farm equipment operators know how to stabilize a piece of
    farm equipment using jacks and blocks before repairing or servicing
    the equipment?
  • Is all trailing equipment fitted with safety chains and locking
    devices to keep hitch pins from falling out?
  • Are all steps, ladders and platforms on farm equipment kept clear
    of mud and other material which may cause slipping or falling?


  • Are signs posted next to all chemical storage areas to warn of the
    potential hazards?
  • Are chemicals always stored in their original containers with the
    labels clearly intact?
  • Are empty chemical containers always disposed of promptly and
  • Is the chemical mixing area either outside or in an open,
    well-ventilated area?
  • Are non-compatible chemicals in storage always physically isolated
    from one another?
  • Is personal protective equipment (including gloves, goggles,
    respirators, and aprons) always worn by farm workers when
    applying or handling farm chemicals?

 Fuel Tanks

  • Are fuel storage tanks located at least 40 feet from the nearest
  • Are fuel storage tanks located where they will not be struck by
    vehicles and/or machinery?
  • Is the condition of underground fuel storage tanks checked
    periodically to ensure there is no leakage?
  • Are dry chemical fire extinguishers readily available in all fuel
    storage areas?
  • Are fuel storage hoses, nozzles and pumps always kept in good
    condition, and vents kept clean and free of dirt?
  • Are approved safety containers always used to store small
    quantities of gasoline, kerosene or diesel fuel?
  • Are all propane system regulators and gauges protected from
    weather and dirt?
  • Are areas around fuel tanks and pumps always kept free of weeds,
    trash and other materials?
  • Are “No Smoking” signs posted in all fuel storage and handling
    areas and other places where combustible materials are located?



  • Are all wiring, power cords, plugs and switches in farm buildings
    and around the farm kept in good condition?
  • Does the electrical system have ample capacity to handle all loads?
  • Are all electrical circuits equipped with the proper size fuses or
    circuit breakers?
  • Are ground fault circuit interruptors used on extension cords when
    working in or around wet areas?
  • Do all main power switches controlling electrically-operated farm
    equipment have a lock-out device to prevent accidental starting of
    equipment while servicing?
  • Are overhead wires in the farm yard area and near to field entrances
    high enough to adequately clear machinery (10 feet)?
  • Are all light bulbs in livestock or storage buildings shielded or
    protected from breakage?
  • Are electrical outlets in buildings with high moisture content or
    where water is sprayed periodically moisture-proof?


  • Are building entranceways and passages always kept clear of stored
    materials or trash that may catch fire, cause falls or fall on workers?
  • Do all stairways have handrails?
  • Are all steps and stairs kept free of objects and substances that
    would make them slippery?
  • Are all floor openings protected by guardrails?
  • Are all materials stacked and stored safely (e.g. by removing nails
    and other sharp objects from loose boards or by not stacking
    materials in high piles that may fall on people)?
  • Are doors and gates to hazardous areas (such as silo entrances,
    manure storage areas, animal quarters and chemical storage) kept
    closed and secured at all times?
  • Are potentially slippery surfaces, such as milking parlor steps and
    walkways, roughened to prevent slips and falls?
  • Are all heat lamps for farrowing and brooding well supported and at
    least two feet away from combustible materials?
  • Are manure pits and lagoons guarded by grates, covers or fencing
    that are sturdy and of adequate size to prevent access?
  • Are electrical stock water heaters grounded?
  • Are all heaters installed away from combustible materials and (for
    those that are fuel-burning) properly vented to prevent carbon
    monoxide leakage?
  • Are entrances to grain and silage storage areas always kept closed to
    prevent unintended access?
  • Are all rotating augers, belts, pulleys and chains on loading and
    unloading machinery shielded?


  • Are all ladders used on the farm kept in good condition (through
    regular painting or coating of wooden ladders, ensuring there are
    no cracks or faults, replacing worn and damaged rungs or siderails,
  • Are there safety cages on all silos and bin ladders extending beyond
    18 feet?
  • Do all grain bins have fixed ladders on the outside and inside of
  • Can the power to each grain or silo structure be locked out so the
    unloading mechanism cannot be started when someone is working
    inside the bin?
  • Are signs warning that grain or silage storage machinery may begin
    automatically posted at all locations?

 Hand/Power Tools

  • Are all stationary power tools grounded and all portable power tools
    either double insulated or of the three-wire grounded type?
  • Are portable power tools always disconnected when not in use?
  • Are all stationary tools such as grinders and saws properly shielded
    and the shields always in place when in use?
  • Are all hand tools (especially cutting tools like saws, axes and
    knives) properly stored so they cannot fall or be brushed against
  • Are hearing protective devices always used when operating noisy
    machinery and power tools?
  • Are all work areas well lit?