Summer is a bustling time for farmers, as the sun is shining and crops are growing fast. However, in the midst of all the excitement, it is easy to forget about safety measurements. From equipment preparation to the neglected requirement for sunscreen, here are few of the essential farming tips before you get to work this summer.
- Keep out the sun
Despite the fact that you are not at the beach, sunscreen is summer farming essential. You don’t want to get sunburn earlier in the day because it could hamper your productivity. Likewise, it’s not beneficial either as the harmful UVB and UVA rays can cause cancer. Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more to protect yourself as well as wide brimmed hats are also extremely helpful.
- Wear protective gear
According to experts, most farming accidents involve machinery. When driving a tractor wear seat belts and personal protective equipment like safety gloves, boots, ear plugs, hats, goggles, face shield and coveralls. PPE prevent exposure to health and safety hazards while working on the farm.
- Read instructions
Don’t be overly confident about using new machinery. It is important to be aware of the potential hazards associated with the operation of new farming machines. Read the instructions carefully and follow the operator’s manual. Don’t take shortcuts to save time as this can lead to accidents and also don’t ignore given warning.
- Regularly inspect the equipment
Routine inspection of the equipment is the part of farming in any season. Checking your farm machinery regularly for problems not only cost less overall than having to repair the catastrophic damage. Consistently assessing the equipment helps identify whether the equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely and also repaired before it results in a health and safety risk.
These are some of the tips you need to follow while working on the farm.