Michele Shermann University of Missouri

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Safe Animal Handling

Publish Date: April 19, 2012

Injury to workers and animals can occur with all ages and developmental stages of pigs and during moving, loading or unloading, and processing. Strategies to prevent injuries are reviewed below. Situations and facilities vary and this list is not meant to be inclusive of all prevention and control strategies, but is meant to help stimulate the problem-solving process for producers.


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Needlesticks

Publish Date: April 9, 2012

Needlestick injuries can occur when injecting pigs with animal health products. If the pig suddenly jumps or moves, a worker could accidentally be stuck by the needle. Needlestick injuries have also occurred when workers have carried syringes loaded with medication in their pockets. Needlestick injuries should be considered serious as their effect on humans can vary greatly depending on the type of drug injected.


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Emergency Action Planning

Publish Date: April 13, 2012

Despite your best intentions to prevent occupational safety and health problems, there will be times when unexpected events occur. Because accidents are inevitable, it’s critical that hog production facility employees familiarize themselves with the key emergency situation practices at the facility. An emergency action plan will tell you who to call, what to say and what steps to follow in an emergency.


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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Hearing, Health and Safety

Publish Date: April 13, 2012

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a vitally important line of defense against hazards. You need to provide the PPE your employees may need to guard them against hazards on the job.


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Extreme Temperature

Publish Date: April 9, 2012

Employees in pork production facilities are often required to leave controlled-temperature environments in order to perform their work duties. This makes them vulnerable to stress and illness related to extreme temperatures. Prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, both heat and cold, can lead to serious health conditions and can even be fatal. Most environments in a hog facility are climate controlled and people can become susceptible to stress and illness moving between buildings in extreme temperatures. Both employers and employees should learn to recognize and prevent the harmful effects of extreme hot and cold weather conditions.


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Hazard Communications

Publish Date: April 9, 2012

Also known as the “Right to Know” law, hazard communication is an important part of your safety program; it is required under the OSHA agriculture standard known as 29 CFR 1910.1200. The standard includes information about Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Hazard Communication Labels. It also requires employers to maintain a current log of all hazardous chemicals used in their operation.


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