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 safely?
  • □ 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 building?
  • □ 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, etc.)?
  • □ 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 bins?
  • □ 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 accidentally?
  • □ Are hearing protective devices always used when operating noisy machinery and power tools?
  • □ Are all work areas well lit?