Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #19

I would like to provide a primer for your “Project Specific” Safety plan. Start by thinking about the protocols and processes involved to conduct your research at ACRE. Then mentally visualize the procedures. Now jot down the hazards. Next organize it into a simple outline. At least at this point you are ready to discuss safety with every person involved in your project, especially the new person that shows up on your busiest day. A simple example might be; Weed string trimmer; protect eyes, ears, toes, long pants; fuel warning Roto-tiller; Fuel warning, safe starting, protect toes, avoid hand injuries while tillers are turning Threshing single plants; moving parts hazard, do not stick fingers or hands inside threshing throat; disconnect electric power before unplugging material jams Dehydration and sunburn Field plot equipment guidelines Transportation; never ride in the back of a pick-up; obey posted signs, watch for others esp. farm equipment Electrical hazards; Pesticides; PTO (Power Take-off) dangers I hope this helps you get started. Remember think, plan, and work safely at ACRE.

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