08/01/2005

Agricultural Worker Orientation - GUIDELINES

The US Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has published a guide on
"Agricultural Worker Orientation". The main purpose of worker orientation is to
bring workers and management together in a cooperative effort to promote safety
and health in the agricultural workplace.

The booklet informs about


  • Accountability
  • Orientation

and how to
  • Identify, Report, and Correct Hazards
  • Train Employees

Accountability

Management is responsible and accountable for providing adequate safety
training, work oversight, enforcement of safety rules, and a safe work
environment. Everyone is responsible for their own behavior. The employer must
hold employees accountable.

Orientation

Keep records of the orientation meetings using the "Seasonal Worker
Orientation" meeting records in the booklet. Keep the records for three years.

Identify, Report, and Correct Hazards

During the course of work, when employees identify hazards that they cannot
correct, they must promptly report them to the foreman or supervisor. Ideally,
employers will immediately correct hazards. Doing so is crucial if the hazard
could result in serious physical injury or death. Management should act swiftly
to eliminate serious hazards beyond those that workers can correct themselves.

Train Employees

The supervisor will make sure, through discussion and demonstration, that all
employees understand company safety rules, can apply safe work procedures, and
can detect hazards, defects, and unsafe work practices. Management will know
safety accountability, hazard identification principles, and accident
investigation procedures. The employer is responsible to ensure that employees
receive the training they need to assist the employer in maintaining a safe and
healthful workplace.

More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division