Agriculture Safety and Health Guide

The intent of this occupational safety and health pocket guide is to serve as a quick reference for employers and workers of the agriculture industry. This pocket guide highlights common hazards found in various agricultural workplaces and best practices in hazard controls and injury/illness prevention.

This pocket guide is intended to serve the diverse agricultural operations found across Washington State. However, many of the safety and health topics and concepts found in this guide can be transferred to agricultural operations found in other locations, and they can be applied across different business operations.

Disclaimer: This pocket guide is designed to help employers and employees in the agriculture industry in the state of Washington to:

  • Do their jobs safely.
  • Comply with the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) regulations.

This pocket guide does not replace any or cover all of the requirements detailed in the actual WISHA law or DOSH regulations. The pocket guide should only be used as a companion to the actual regulations.

If there is any inconsistency between the pocket guide and the WISHA/DOSH regulations, the WISHA/DOSH regulation will always prevail. This pocket guide should never be considered a substitute for any provisions of a regulation. It is a summary of the agriculture requirements under WAC 296-307 and does not include all workplace safety and health requirements related to agriculture.