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Farm Safety Mapping

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to identify the hazards on your farm.  The mapping exercise works with existing knowledge of your family farm.  It provides a basis for critical thinking, conversation and reflection.

This can be done with workers or family or used as a tool for training new employees or anyone visiting your property.  It is also a good tool for workers whose first language is not English.  The Farm Safety Walkabout is another great Network resource to use with new workers and children.

Materials:

  • Markers
  • Large piece of paper (The larger the better!)
  • On a smaller scale, a pencil and graph paper works too.

Instructions:

Here are some sample items you may wish to put on your map.  Of course, with each individual farm yard there will be a unique combination of hazards to be addressed.

  • House, barn and other buildings
  • GPS locations of house, gate, and farm buildings
  • Fences and gates
  • Access roads and tracks
  • Transport vehicle loading/unloading locations
  • Overhead and underground power lines
  • Dams and water courses
  • Unsuitable ATV terrain
  • Flood prone areas
  • Pesticide storage areas
  • Machinery

Also identify the locations of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and eyewashes.

Questions:

Take some time to ask questions and discuss the reasons why certain items are in their specific locations.  Locate all the danger zones, off-limits areas (especially for children), and discuss any changes that need to be made.  Sample questions for a children’s map:

  • Where is the children’s play area?
  • Where are you allowed to go with an adult?  Without an adult?  Where are you never allowed to go?