Worker Health and Safety Resources

HICAHS Resources

Ag Education Classroom Materials

Lesson plans, handouts, and hands-on-activities on tractor and ATV /UTV safety for use in agricultural education classrooms. A corresponding online Safety Awareness Certificate exam is hosted by AET (The Agricultural Experience Tracker).

ATV Safety in Agriculture

Focus groups held by HICAHS and Montana State University Extension revealed four primary uses of ATVs on Montana ranches: animal handling, fence building and mending, weed control/spraying and general transportation. The resources listed below provide information on increasing safety while using ATVs for these activities:

ATV Safety Trifold Brochure
ATV Safety Poster – General Tips
ATV Safety Poster – Animal Handling
ATV Safety Poster – Spraying
ATV Safety Poster – Fencing

ATV Rider Safety Online Course ($25) The purpose of this training is to increase awareness of the risks and hazards associated with riding ATVs and to advocate for safer riding strategies to prevent injury and fatality.

Look under the Video Resources section for additional ATV safety information.

Community Animal Disaster Planning Toolkit

The Community Animal Disaster Planning Toolkit was developed by Colorado State University Extension in collaboration with HICAHS researchers​. The toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for building a community response plan for pets in the case of an emergency. A series of webinars and a video accompany the kit.

Farm Stress and Mental health

Long hours, isolating work, unexpected weather, and fluctuating prices make agricultural work a stressful job. Don’t tough it out alone. If you’re feeling stressed, there are resources and people waiting to help:

Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
Avera Farm Stress Hotline (Dakotas): 1-800-691-4336
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Support your community, and watch out for your neighbors. Check out these resources to help you know what to look for and how to help:

HICAHS Newsletters

Stay up to date on the latest HICAHS resources and publications by subscribing to our quarterly e-newsletter (archived here). Once subscribed you will get the next edition sent straight to your inbox.

Respiratory Safety - Breathe Better with an N95 Respirator

Dusty environments on the farm or ranch can irritate your nose and lungs. This fact sheet has tips on how to use an N95 filtering facepiece respirator. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.

To be effective, a respirator needs to fit properly. View a map of fit testing providers in the region. Know of a location that needs to be added to the map? Email us at hicahs@colostate.edu.

Universal Lift-Assist Lever for Foldable ROPS

Some farmers prefer to have the option to fold down the rollover protective structure (ROPS) on their tractor so that it won’t interfere with low-hanging branches in their orchards or other vertical clearance structures. Unfortunately, folding the ROPS often requires many steps. As a result, ROPS are left folded down and then do not provide the protection needed in an overturn. HICAHS researchers designed, built, and tested a universal lift-assist lever that allows operators to raise and lower a foldable ROPS from the operator seat.

Download the computer-aided design (CAD) drawings to build your own universal lift-assist lever for your foldable ROPS. The foldable ROPS assist lever CAD drawings are available for free here.​ ​
The universal lift-assist lever was designed using public funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers​ for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, these designs are free to use and distribute free of charge. No other entities may make claims of ownership on the design.

Wildfire Smoke Information for Outdoor Workers

Wildfire smoke is harmful to human health and is especially burdensome to those with respiratory conditions like asthma. Unlike most occupations, workers in farming, forestry, and fishing have limited capacity to alter their work hours or move indoors to prevent exposure to smoke. Click the links below for state-specific resources and advice for reducing your exposure to harmful wildfire smoke.

Colorado (English)
Colorado (Spanish)
Montana
North & South Dakota
Utah
Wyoming

Gen​eral (not state-specific)
General (Spanish)

If you cannot shift work to be indoors, wearing an N95 respirator is the next best protection against wildfire smoke. Due to COVID-19, these respirators are in limited supply. Contact your county’s emergency manger to inquire about the availability of this and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Video Resources

Chainsaw Safety Videos

Learn how to operate a chainsaw to fell trees in this two-part chainsaw safety video series. Topics include choosing an appropriate saw, history of saws, safety features of saws, saw maintenance, how to run a saw, proper posture when using a saw, and avoiding hazardous situations.

Dairy Safety Training Videos: Considering Human and Animal Safety

​Today’s dairy workforce needs to know how to handle large animals, operate specialized equipment, and deal with extreme weather conditions without harming themselves or animals. This video series “Considering Human and Animal Safety,”outlines best practices on how to safely and productively care for dairy cows while reducing risk of injury to yourself.

Videos are available in EnglishSpanish, and K’iche.

  • Video 1: Introduction (1:14)
  • Video 2: Outside Animal Care (8:59)
  • Video 3: Milking Barn Safety (5:05)
  • Video 4: Feeding and Other Safety Issues (4:20)
  • Video 5: General & Outside Safety (17:54)
  • Video 6: Milker & Calf Caretaker Safety (11:43)
  • Video 7: Feeder Safety (7:01)

Safer ATV Riding on Farms and Ranches

 

 

 

 

 

A 6-video series focused on ATV use in agriculture.

  • Video 1: Introduction to Safer Riding on ATVs in Agriculture (2:26)
  • Video 2: Clothing and Protective Gear that You Need when Riding Your ATV in Agriculture (1:53)
  • Video 3: Know how to Operate Your ATV Controls to Improve Your Safety (1:32)
  • Video 4: Riding Strategies for Improving Your Safety on ATVs in Agriculture (4:29)
  • Video 5: Riding Uphill, Downhill, Traversing, and Other Advanced Techniques on your ATV (5:31)
  • Video 6: Review of Key Points for Safer ATV Riding in Agriculture (2:31)

Zoonotic Disease Prevention: Best Practices for Staying Healthy at the Dairy Farm

Follow these best practices to keep you and your family safe from germs that could be spread to humans on dairy farms (11:54). This video is in Spanish, however an English language version is also available.

US Ag Safety & Health Centers YouTube Channel

Video trainings on additional topics (pesticides, respiratory protection, and more) are available on the U.S. Ag Health and Safety Centers’ joint YouTube page.

We understand that limited access to broadband internet may prohibit you from streaming video as part of your worker safety training. If you would like an offline version of the videos above, please contact us at hicahs@colostate.edu or 970-491-3064.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Review our list of partner organizations to find additional worker health and safety resources.