The New York State dairy industry has learned that, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is implementing a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) that will focus on random, unannounced compliance inspections at New York State dairy farms starting July 2014.

OSHA can inspect certain businesses based on four priorities:

  1. Imminent danger
  2. Catastrophes and fatal accidents
  3. Complaints and referrals
  4. Programmed inspections

While farms subject to regulation can be inspected under any one of these OSHA priorities, the upcoming focus on New York State dairy farms is related to item 4: Programmed inspections. Farms that fit the following criteria could be subject to a LEP inspection:

  • Farms that have had more than 10 total employees, not including immediate family members, at any time in the past 12 months preceding the day an inspector shows up (1 part time employee is equal to 1 full-time employee)

NYCAMH is now part of the New York OSHA Work Group which was formed in the fall of 2013. Other members of the work group include Cornell PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), New York Farm Bureau, and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). The work group has created a set of materials to assist producers in becoming more compliant with OSHA regulations.

The following links will provide you with access to these downloadable materials in PDF format.

OSHA LEP Regional Notice for New York: View

OSHA LEP Training Binder: This farm safety training document was developed using generally accepted safety standards from safety organizations, governmental and industry sources. The materials in this document will guide you in each of the OSHA "Dairy Dozen" focus areas: manure storage facilities and collection structures, dairy bull and cow behavior/worker positioning, electrical systems, skid-steer loader operation, tractor operation, guarding of Power-Take-Offs, guarding of other power transmission and functional components, hazardous energy control while performing servicing and maintenance on equipment, hazard communication, confined spaces, horizontal bunker silos, and noise.
View: OSHA LEP Training Binder

Farm Safety Checklist: The farm safety checklist is a complete checklist that can be used to conduct a self-administered audit.
View: Farm Safety Checklist

OSHA Record Keeping and Reporting Standard OSHA Record Keeping and Reporting Standard 29 CFR 1904: Farms covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act must orally report to OSHA the death of any employee from a work-related incident or the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees as a result of a work-related incident within eight (8) hours. In addition, farmers subject to the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation; 29 CFR 1904 are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log.
View: OSHA Record Keeping Standard

Template bi-lingual safety training roster: All training needs to be documented with a training roster. This link takes you to a downloadable roster form:
View: Safety Training Roster

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Funding sources for the NY Dairy Safety Program include New York State Department of Labor and Farm Viability Institute.