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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #45

REM recently conducted our annual building safety inspection. While inspecting our 60 buildings and looking over hundreds of pieces of equipment we were cited for safety violations. Three themes recur; 1. Extension Cord violations 2. Fire extinguishers either missing or not inspected 3. Unlabeled or uncapped chemicals While we were cited for other violations, if we focused on these problems we could reduce our hazard exposure very simply and still have time to correct the other violations by the required abatement dates. As required the list is posted on the ACRE Shop bulletin board for your inspection. Let’s all work to correct those citations. Let’s think and plan for a violation free and safe ACRE while putting our plan into practice every time we work at ACRE. Thanks Jim

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