National Farmer Safety and Health Week
September 20-26, 2020
Please visit https://www.necasag.org/aboutnecas/resources/ for a list of resources surrounding safety on the farm.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) can reduce the number and severity of farmwork
related injuries and illnesses. Personal protective equipment not only helps protect people
but also improves productivity and profits. Farmers and ranchers can share in these
benefits by using the appropriate protective equipment for themselves, family members
and employees when the job and its potential hazards call for it.
• Protect your head with a hard hat when performing construction work, trimming
trees, repairing machinery, and doing other jobs with head injury risks.
• Use a sun safety hat (one with a wide brim and neck protection) to assist in the
prevention of skin cancer.
• Protect your vision with appropriate safety eyewear (safety glasses, goggles, faceshields) when applying pesticides, fertilizers, working in the shop, or in heavy
• Protect your hearing with acoustic earmuffs or plugs when operating noisy
equipment such as grain dryers, feed grinders, older tractors, chain saws, etc.
• Protect your lungs with the correct respiratory equipment (dust masks, cartridge
respirators, gas masks, air pacts) when working in dusty or moldy conditions,
spray painting, applying chemicals, working in bins, tanks, silos, and manure
• Protect your hands from everyday abuse with job-matched gloves and barrier
• Protect your feet with safety shoes or boots with non-slip soles and heels.
• Protect your skin with impervious garments when using toxic or irritating
chemicals. In addition, use sunscreen to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
• Is appropriate PPE available in work areas?
• Is PPE kept clean and functional?
• Are shoes or boots equipped with safety toes, insteps, or shanks?
• Is sun screen available in tractors and other self-propelled equipment?
Information supplied by the National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division, the National
Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) – www.necasag.org or 888-844-6322.