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NEW OSHA LEP Resources

Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

June 6, 2014

NEW OSHA LEP Resources

By this time most dairy producers are familiar with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but do you know what LEP stands for? LEP is the Local Emphasis Program, which was officially announced for New York State on October 1st, 2013, and will most likely begin sometime around July 2014. Farms that fit at least one or both of the following definitions could be subject to an 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); and/or
? Farms that have provided housing on the farm to temporary labor at any time in the past 12 months preceding the day an inspector shows up, even if the housing was only for just one person.
(Don?t forget that any farm that fits these definitions could also be inspected by OSHA if there is an accident on the farm or if OSHA receives a complaint about the farm.)

This information comes from a new page on the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health?s (NYCAMH?s) website: http://www.nycamh.com/osha-ny-dairy-lep/. NYCAMH is now part of the OSHA Work Group that was formed in fall 2013, including Cornell PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), New York Farm Bureau, and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). This page has many resources and lots of information to help the dairy farm owner/manager learn how to prepare for a possible OSHA inspection.

If you have been lax in your on-farm preparation for the OSHA LEP, the first resource on this site to take a look at is the New York OSHA Regional Notice. This notice comes from the regional OSHA office in Syracuse, though the LEP will also involve the Buffalo and Albany OSHA offices.
Once you have a handle on what the LEP looks like, take a look at the OSHA LEP Training Binder. This resource guides you through the ?OSHA Dairy Dozen,? or the twelve areas that OSHA will focus on in their inspections. For each area you will find guidance documents, training requirements, resources and required documentation.

Next, put your farm to the test by conducting a self-audit, using the Farm Safety Checklist. This will help you to target areas on your farm that need some work.

Do you know when you need to report accidents to OSHA? The OSHA Record Keeping Standard explains what is required of all industries (orally reporting the death of an employee from a work-related incident within eight hours), and the additional recordkeeping regulations that required of farmers. This includes maintaining records of all serious occupational injuries and illnesses.

Last but not least is the Safety Training Roster, which you can use for any on-farm training. If you need to purchase safety equipment for employees, such as gloves, glasses, or PTO shields, take a look at the PPE Online Catalogue.

Though I?ve yet to talk to a dairy producer excited about tackling the challenge of getting their farm into compliance with OSHA, it should really be a priority. Being proactive could potentially save you thousands in fines, while also granting you peace of mind in knowing that your employees are working in a safe environment.



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Upcoming Events

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Penn Yan

September 17, 2019
10:00am to Noon
Penn Yan, NY

Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 
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Ontario County Fun on the Farm

September 21, 2019
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Seneca Castle, NY

Fun on the Farm works to educate non-farm public and our neighbors about agriculture around them. It is fun and educational.

Fun on the Farm attracts thousands of people and gives us the opportunity to communicate to the community the benefits of the agricultural production in Ontario County, the state, and the nation.

The event is free! There are many agricultural products that are available to be sampled. It is the perfect place to try that product you have seen in the store but didn't want to commit to purchasing.

Food is available to purchase for lunch. It is provided by a local service group.
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Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY

**CLASS IS FULL**

This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

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Announcements

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

If you're wondering how to get your farm business in compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations, you've come to the right place.  The 2018 New York State budget included new regulations addressing sexual harassment in the workplace that became effective on October 9, 2018 for all New York employers, including agricultural employers. All employers are required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy and to provide annual, interactive sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.  Check out the resources developed by Cornell Ag Workforce Development, including step-by-step instructions and farm-friendly training videos.


RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."


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