At CHS, we prioritize safety for everyone involved in our business – our staff, external contractors, and of course our member-owners. See below for some seasonal safety considerations to keep in mind on your farm.
Working Safely in Hot Weather
The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat during the summer months. If you work outside you may be at increased risk for heat-related illness. So, take precautions, and with these few helpful tips, we hope you stay safe in these hot summer months!
- Drink small amounts of water frequently
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing—cotton is good
- Take frequent short breaks in cool shade
- Eat smaller meals before work activity
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol or large amounts of sugar
- Work in the shade
- Find out from your health care provider if your medications and heat don’t mix
- Know that equipment such as respirators or work suits can increase heat stress
If you’re working outdoors, make sure you are protecting yourself by blocking those harmful UV rays as well:
- Cover up. Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Try this test: Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.
- Use sunscreen
- Wear a hat
- Wear UV-absorbent shades
- Limit exposure
As harvest season starts to draw near, it’s important to remember to keep safety in mind with all wheeled equipment. Here are some tips to keep you safe this harvest season:
- Harvest leads to more driving on narrow roads and in low-light conditions, so be sure to practice defensive driving to protect yourself from traffic that may not remember how to share the road with large equipment.
- Check your lights each time before you go out, ensure you have slow moving vehicle signage when needed, and plan your routes to avoid high-traffic roadways when at all possible.
- Be sure you have ways to communicate with vehicles around you when needed.
From your team at CHS in Herman, we wish you a safe harvest season!