Emergency Assessment

In order to properly handle an emergency, individuals need to first be able to explain what an emergency is.

Plan Development

Some emergency situations have predetermined response plans. Other situations might require creating a plan amidst the emergency.

Practical Response Plans

Staying current on response plans is valuable. The more individuals practice, the better they’ll be able to react in an emergency situation.

Safety Inspection

In the agriscience facility (i.e., lab, barn, and classroom), identify safety issues on site.  

Basic First Aid

Students need appropriate responses to first aid situations through the application of basic first aid and CPR skills. 

Safety Procedures

Safety procedures are written methods outlining how to perform a task with minimum risk to people, equipment, materials, environment, and processes.

Reporting Procedures

An incident is an unplanned occurrence that results, or could result, in injury to people or damage to property.

Personal Protective Equipment

The type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for usage depends on the task. Students should use different PPE.

Integration of safety principles into all aspects of the ag program

Safety guidelines are included as part of student labs and activities. Students act safely at all times. Student incident reports are minimal to none.

Responsible Student Behavior

Students are able to identify safety concerns and act accordingly.

Chemical Regulations

First, identify the current chemical regulations for safe chemical handling within the workplace.

USDA Regulations

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets many laws and regulations to ensure safe handling of animals, food sources and other agriculture commodities.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards.

Site Policies

Each worksite and school has differing safety standards and policies.  Understand and follow the unique standards and policies specific to individual businesses.

Site Map

Identify and locate safety equipment within the site (e.g., fire extinguishers, chemical showers, etc.).

Standard Operating Procedures

A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of step-by-step instructions to help carry out daily functions. SOPs can help keep a learning environment safe.

Animal Handling Safety

Handle animals in such a way that is safe for both the human and the animal (e.g., squeeze chutes, halters, leashes, cages).

Food Safety

Develop procedures to insure safe handling of a consumable product using GMPs (Good Management Practices).

Designing Animal Handling Facilities and Using Equipment

Plan and develop housing to fit the needs and environment of different animal species. Understand how, what and when to use equipment while raising animals.