Capital Press | Farm and Ranch Safety Capital Press Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:50:42 -0400 en Capital Press | Farm and Ranch Safety Signs urge drivers to keep it safe around farm machinery Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:21:34 -0400 Janae Sargent Oregon Aglink and Papé Machinery distributed 200 signs along rural Marion County, Ore., roads in June to promote the awareness of farm equipment and safe driving.

The signs are posted along roads in agricultural areas and encourage drivers to watch for farm equipment.

Geoff Horning, Oregon Aglink executive director, said he hopes to expand the signs into other counties across Oregon in 2016-2017.

“Statistically, there are a lot of road-based accidents with the general public getting impatient,” Horning said. “We wanted to create some awareness.”

Horning said the conversation about road safety and farm equipment started with farmers who expressed that driving on some rural roads was dangerous because drivers in cars illegally pass tractors and other farm equipment.

Papé Machinery partnered with Oregon Aglink to cover the costs of creating and distributing the signs.

The distribution of safe-driving signs is one of several safety measures Oregon Aglink is sponsoring this year.

The organization sponsored online videos in cooperation with SAIF Corp. to educate farmers on shop safety, tractor safety and all-terrain vehicle safety.

Horning said Oregon Aglink will be distributing the shop safety video to its membership during the first week of September as a part of national agricultural safety week.

“We take safety very seriously,” Horning said. “We have a strong relationship with SAIF Corp. We want to educate people to help them slow down and not be in such a hurry because most accidents can be avoided.”

Oregon Aglink, formerly known as the Agri-Business Council of Oregon, is a private, nonprofit volunteer membership organization dedicated to growing Oregon agriculture through education and promotion. The organization also seeks to bridge the gap between urban and rural Oregonians.

Papé Machinery sells and services new and used agricultural and construction machinery through 21 locations in Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada.

SAIF broadens scope of ag safety seminars Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:21:04 -0400 Janae Sargent SAIF Corp. is adding health and well-being to the curriculum for its 21st annual agricultural safety seminars.

Between November and March, SAIF will host 28 free seminars in 16 cities. The seminars will cover agricultural safety topics ranging from equipment operation to drugs and alcohol to training procedures.

Senior safety management consultant Kevin Pfau said skin cancer risks and precautions will be the focus of his health topic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon has the fifth-highest melanoma incidence rate in the U.S., and all of those incidences are diagnosed in non-Hispanic whites.

“We all know the extreme farmer’s tans people get out on the farms but the truth is most people aren’t protecting themselves,” said Pfau. “I’m going to be encouraging them to work with dermatologists and protect themselves.”

Mike Watters, corporate communication and design manager, said SAIF picks the topics for the annual series based on the biggest safety concerns of the agriculture industry each year.

The health and safety portion of the seminars will be included in the “hot topics” seminar, which will be presented by Pfau.

SAIF has not finalized all of the topics for the seminars but Pfau said training seasonal employees and leadership safety will be two additional focuses.

The safety seminars build on condensed information available on the SAIF agriculture safety website and meet one requirement for farmers to be exempt from random OSHA inspections, which Watters said is a big draw for attendees.

In 2015, the seminars attracted 2,200 attendees, up from 1,559 attendees in 2005. Pfau said seminar attendance has been growing with the growth of the agriculture industry.

To meet the growing needs of the agriculture industry, SAIF will also offer nine sessions in Spanish. Last year, the Spanish sessions drew 678 attendees.

The sessions are four hours long, with two hours in the morning, a free lunch and two hours in the afternoon. Registration is free and will open on the SAIF website later this month.



How to protect yourself from the sun’s rays Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:18:55 -0400 Centers for Disease Control The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself.

You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside — even when you’re in the shade.

When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.

If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.

For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.

If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

Put on a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.

Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.

SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor number — known by the initials SPF — that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If they do not have at least SPF 15, don’t use them by themselves.

Tips for staying safe on your ATV Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:19:24 -0400 Show-Me Farm Safety A helmet is the single most important piece of protective equipment when riding an ATV. There are many different options when it comes to selecting a helmet for riding ATVs.

Full-face helmets offer the most protection, guarding the face and the head. Open-faced helmets are lighter to wear, but should always be worn with a chin guard to protect the chin and mouth. Both types of helmets should fit snugly and be securely fastened when riding the ATV.

Eye protection is very important when riding ATVs. Getting hit with an object like a branch, rock, or bug while driving can cause severe injury and possible blindness.

Wearing a helmet with a face shield or riding goggles will protect your eyes while riding ATVs. If you choose to wear goggles, be sure they are well-ventilated, securely fastened and free from scratches to prevent distraction.

Driving ATVs for extended periods of time can make your hands sore and tired. Wear gloves that offer protection and comfort while driving. Gloves help protect your hands from abrasions when riding or during an accident.

It is important to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when riding to prevent cuts and scrapes on the body. Exposed skin can be severely damaged if hit with branches or rocks.

Operating an ATV is only successful if you control the vehicle at all times. Riders should be able to start and stop the ATV as quickly as possible to avoid accidents.

It is important to wear shoes that prevent your feet from slipping off the footrests when riding. Boots that lace up and are at least above the ankle for support are encouraged.

An ATV is a piece of equipment, and should be checked and maintained frequently to ensure peak operational function. Inspecting the ATV before each use will minimize the risk of injury. The following parts should be checked before operating your ATV:

• Tires: Always maintain the recommended tire pressure in each tire. Use a low pressure gauge to check the pressure; most automobile tire gauges do not accurately measure low pressure in ATV tires.

• Throttle: Check the throttle operation while moving the handlebars fully to the left and right.

• Brakes: Brakes can prevent an ATV accident in a matter of seconds. They are one of the most important parts on an ATV and should be kept in prime condition.

• Lights: When riding at night or on roads, lights are needed to alert others that you are on an ATV. Make sure all lights are properly connected and all bulbs are working before riding.

• Fuel and oil: Running out of oil or fuel when riding ATVs is a hassle. Before riding, check to make sure you have enough oil and fuel to last for the duration of your trip and check that you do not have fuel or oil leaks.

• Drivetrain and chassis: Riding on rough terrain will loosen chassis parts. Check each part to ensure all are tightly secured, including handlebars, and footrests, and adjust with fasteners with a wrench if necessary.