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Farm Safety Fact Sheets

Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety provides these fact sheets as a service to our community. They are available as a PDF for easy download and printing.

PDF Ag Youth Work Guidelines  PDF Did You Know?
PDF Animal Safety Tips on the Farm PDF ATV Safety Tips
PDF Chemical Safety PDF Emergency Information
PDF Field and Combine Fires PDF First-Aid Kit Suggestions
PDF Grain Safety Tips PDF Hayride Safety
PDF Heat Safety Tips on the Farm PDF PTO Safety Tips
PDF Safe Play Areas Tips PDF Tornado Safety Tips
PDF Tractor Safety Tips PDF Winter Safety Tips



Agriculture Safety Tips for Families


  • Don’t ask to ride along in tractors. Even though it’s fun, passengers on a tractor can interfere with safe operation of machinery.
  • Always get permission to visit a parent or adult while they are working on machinery, and remain in a visible area to ensure the adult sees you. Blind spots create dangerous conditions when machinery is in use.
  • Be cautious when handling or feeding animals, and only enter pens that have been approved by your parents. Livestock can be unpredictable.


  • Only use a cell phone when not working, but keep it close in case of emergency. Cell phones can be a lifesaver or a deadly distraction.
  • Be informed on child labor laws. Teens can only work in certain situations under legal guardians.
  • Be a role model and demonstrate safe behavior on the farm. Siblings and younger children look up to and take pride in older children and teenagers.


  • Keep the rollover protection structures (ROPS) in the upright position and always wear a seatbelt to prevent a tractor rollover injury or fatality. Tractor rollovers represented nearly half of all of Illinois fatalities last year, so the ROPS should only be folded down in low-clearance areas and when absolutely necessary.
  • Always wear hearing protection – such as ear plugs or protective ear muffs – to protect from hearing loss. It only takes 2 hours for an open cab tractor to become dangerous to the human ear without proper hearing protection.
  • Schedule enough time for sleep. Lack of sleep inhibits productivity and memory, and slows response time.


  • Think about your actions. Unsafe actions don’t always result in harm, but the risk isn’t worth it.
  • Recognize personal health and safety to avoid injury. Take caution when lifting heavy items or climbing in unsafe areas. If something looks dangerous or unpredictable, don’t do it.
  • Keep a cell phone handy at all times in case of emergency. Cell phones allow for easy access when help is needed.



Wellness Works

PDF ATV safety

PDF Farm shop safety

PDF First aid kit

PDF Harvesting your health

PDF Hayride safety

PDF Hearing protection

PDF Heart month

PDF Heat illness and dehydration

PDF Hypertension

PDF Pesticide poisoning

PDF Planting safety

PDF Safe play areas

PDF Slips, trips and falls

PDF Stress and fatigue

PDF Summer help

PDF Sun safety




Agrotourism Guide

Child Labor Requirements In Agricultural Occupations – DOL

HOSTA – National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program

Grain Bin/Silo Entry Checklist

Ag Youth Work Guidelines

Pesticide Safety Programs of the US Environmental Protection Agency

Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines

Safe Play Areas

Farmers and Asbestos Exposure


Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative

NIOSH - National Ag Safety Database (NASD)

Traumatic Occupational Injuries

Childhood Agricultural Injury Fact Sheet



ATV Safety Institute

AgriSafe Network

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Childhood Agricultural Safety Network

Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited

International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (formerly NIFS)

Marshfield Clinic – National Farm Medicine Center

National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Agriculture

National Safety Council (NSC)

NIOSH Agricultural Centers

Progressive Agriculture Foundation

University of Illinois Extension – Agricultural Safety and Health

US Department of Labor – OSHA – Agricultural Operations

Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America


Helpful Applications

The American Red Cross First Aid Application (app)

This app is unique as it covers topics specific to rural and farming communities including ATV safety, dust explosions, auger safety, tractor safety and grain bin safety to name a few.

The app is FREE and available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android devices. Get the app by texting "GETFIRST" to 90999.

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool

The app allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Tool is available in English and Spanish for Android and iPhone devices. To access the Spanish version, set the phone language to Spanish.