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Agricultural Industry Cal/OSHA Consulation Services

The word is out ... But have YOU heard?

Consultation helps remove hazards, lower accident rates, save money, and boost profitability

Learn how to reduce preventable occupational injuries and illnesses by using Cal/OSHA Consultation Services. Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industrial activities in California. Farm workers suffer high rates of both fatal and nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses. These types of injuries and illnesses can be prevented through education and training, on-site assistance, and implementing an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Learn about high risk activities including but not limited to the following:

  • Heat illness when working outdoors in high temperatures and becoming dehydrated - proper shade, rest breaks, written policy for heat illness prevention, plenty of cool water, early symptoms, training, best practices and requirements.
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program:
    • Responsibility
    • Compliance
    • Communication
    • Hazard Assessment
    • Accident/Exposure Investigation
    • Hazard Correction
    • Training and Instruction
    • Recordkeeping

Frequently Asked Questions

Cal/OSHA Consultation is committed to reducing the number of occupational safety and health hazards to which farm workers are exposed by providing consultative assistance to employers, and by educating both farm workers and employers abut how to work safely.

Call NOW for assistance - 1-800-963-9424

Educational Products


View related publications under 'Agriculture' on the Cal/OSHA Publications webpage.

The Process

Requesting Assistance

Call your local Consultation Services office and request an on-site visit. The request will be assigned to a consultant who will contact you to schedule a date and time.

Preparing for the Visit

Have ready:

Cal/OSHA Form 300

Opening Conference

The visit opens with a conference. For union companies, the representative should be present. Any employee participation is welcome. The consultant will explain the process, and management can decide whether to proceed.

Learning From Your Safety Record

The consultant will help identify hazards by analyzing your past injuries and illnesses. The focus will be on preventing future losses.

Program Review

The consultant will review all written safety programs, and assess how well they are being put into practice. You'll receive materials and guidance in setting-up an effective injury and illness prevention program.

Walk-Around Hazard Identification

The consultant will conduct a walk-around inspection and help you identify and correct unsafe conditions and work practices.

Closing Conference

At the end of the on-site visit. The consultant will summarize the findings and timeframes for correcting hazards with a written report to follow.