Several people working in the agriculture industry have a trend of considering themselves as being somewhere on a scale from ‘terrible’ to ‘hardy.’ some accidents and illness which are far known in agriculture occur because of lack of awareness of the dangers it can contain. So it is important to consider the following if you want to improve your chances of staying safe and healthy.
Ensure Your Tetanus Jabs Are Up To Date
Inhalation can cause tetanus though it is also linked with wounds that become infected by bacteria in animal wastes and soil. It can prove fatal in some cases or can make you seriously ill. Depending on the sort of work you do and where you are some shots might also be a good idea. Consult your local medical advice.
If you have a wound, make sure your clean the injury with the right product and dress it with a bandage even if your tetanus shots are up to date.
Use safety equipment such as face/ eye protection, steel capped boots, and heavy duty gloves. Even the best quality agricultural machinery causes many accidents every year as they can be highly dangerous. It is important to know your employer may have a legal duty to provide you with safety equipment.
Training On Machinery Operation
If you are using any machine, ensure that you have sufficient training on how it safely operates. Numerous accidents lack basic training or lack of awareness hence they are misused. Don’t tamper or fiddle with machinery which you do not understand. Get an expert to fix it if it’s broken or not right.
People working in agriculture hugely underestimate the dangers of dust inhalation. Animal feed dust, spores in hay and irritation caused by harvest dust pose a harmful effect, especially in a cumulative basis. The best option is to use an appropriately graded mask when doing tasks that involve a lot of dust.
Don’t Over Work
The link between physical exhaustion and stress to possible coronary incidents is well-known. Weight, lifestyle, age, overall health, and fitness, and to an extent genetics are the risky factors. If you are exhausted, postpone the task for another day. For medical reasons, it is important to create time to relax and don’t overwork yourself.
Remember to wear a hat or use plenty of creams barriers when working in the full sun. Make sure you drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated.