Agritourism is a profitable enterprise on farms all across America. But with the rapid growth in farm tours for families and school children, corn mazes, u-pick produce, hay or sleigh rides, petting zoos, festivals and recreational activities comes health and safety considerations – especially for children.
That's why the National Children's Center at the National Farm Medicine Center has developed agritourism health and safety guidelines specific to children. "Agritourism: Health and Safety Guidelines for Children" is a new, user-friendly resource written for agritourism operators large and small.
The full-color, 37-page booklet is the first set of guidelines applying specifically to children, reports lead author Michael Humann, safety research specialist at Center. "They were developed with input from two dozen agricultural health and safety professionals and agritourism operators across the country."
What's in it
The booklet includes tips on identifying and reducing hazards found on farms, such as those involving animals, water, machinery and hygiene. It includes:
Age-level health and safety recommendations;
Training recommendations for employees and volunteers;
Safety pre-event safety checklists for surfaces, machinery, animals, food, attractive nuisances and more;
Supervisory responsibilities and emergency responses during events;
Guidelines for specific events such as hayrides, corn mazes and petting zoos; and
The guidelines are available free via the Web at: www.marshfieldclinic.org/agritourism.