Photo: Malcolm Carlaw, Colfax Mill. Summer wheat beginning to ripen in the Colfax, Washington

Make sure workers are trained properly on farm equipment and pesticide safety to prevent injuries and illnesses.

Photo: Malcolm Carlaw, Colfax Mill. Summer wheat beginning to ripen in Colfax, Wash.

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the country and in Washington State.  Agricultural workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards from sprain/strain injuries to pesticides, machinery, and handling or working around livestock.  Every year, workers experience injuries or illnesses that may limit their ability to perform their jobs.

Agriculture is also one of the few industries in which entire families can be at risk for injury, illness, or death because children, spouses, and other relatives often work and live together on farms, ranches, and other agricultural work sites.

Like other employers in Washington State, agriculture employers are required to develop and implement a written Accident Prevention Program (APP) to identify and evaluate possible safety and health hazards and find solutions that eliminate or control these hazards. Prevention makes good business sense. Costs associated with on-the-job injuries and illnesses can be devastating to workers and businesses. 

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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