HR and Safety Management Resources

This page contains links to external resources on employee safety and human resources management.

Human Resources Management

Fit Small Business
has a detailed guide to creating an employee handbook. While it is not specific to dairies or agriculture, it provides a useful introductory guide.

Safety Management

  • Farm Safety Checklist
    New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
    Created by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), the farm safety checklist is a
    complete checklist that can be used to conduct a self-administered audit.
  • Farm Safety Checks
    UMASH
    Quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees –
    and your bottom line. Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and
    tips to help identify hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems.
  • Farm Hazard Inspection Checklists
    UW Extension

As part of the OSHA LEP programs in Wisconsin and New York, various resources were developed to guide dairy farms:

  • Cultivate Safety
    The National Farm Medicine Center and National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety designed the Cultivate Safety website to provide easy access to agricultural safety information and resources for farmers, ranchers, supervisors and media.
  • Marshfield Clinic
    Child Ag Injury Prevention Workshops; 2020 dates TBD.
  • Youth Farm Safety
    University of Vermont
    The Youth Farm Safety Project is a farm safety resource for children and teens – and the adults who work with and care for them.

Training and Development

  • Tailgate Talks
    Tailgate Talks Idaho Dairymen’s Association
    Tailgate Talks are manager-led safety discussions for dairy workers. Each discussion is intended to last 5-10 minutes and focuses on a topic included in the Dairy Dozen.
  • Tailgate Safety Training for Employees
    Ohio State University
    Extension Short, 20 minute employee safety training sessions.

  • Bilingual Safety Training Curriculum and Resources
    University of Minnesota – Extension
    Training curriculum, posters, and comics.
  • Dairy Safety Training Guide
    from California’s WOSHTEP and WCAHS. Available in English and Spanish, this training guide is designed to be used by owners and managers. It contains step-by-step instructions for conducting the training sessions and background information and resources for owners and managers.
  • Safety Training Materials
    University of Wisconsin
    Training materials including Powerpoint presentations and participant workbooks.
  • Safety Education Posters
    New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
    Bilingual training posters
  • Silage Safety
    Connor Agriscience
    Educational online videos and DVDs in English and Spanish on starting an on-farm silage safety program. Free silage safety coloring books also available as a way to teach children, family, and employees the basics of safe silage.

  • AgSafe has a variety of programs and services for producers, ranging from safety certificate programs to sexual harassment prevention training.
  • Farm Employee University
    Michigan State University Extension
    Farm Employee University provides a training platform accessible to all farm employees and employers.
  • Training and Education
    Wester Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
    A variety of training and workshop programs ranging in topics from heat and illness prevention to sexual harassment prevention, to equipment safety, and more.
  • Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program
    Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development
    This certificate program helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results.

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an
endorsement or an approval by the National Milk Producers Federation or the National Dairy FARM Program of any of
the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The National Milk Producers
Federation and the National Dairy FARM Program bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the
external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its
content.

Certificate Generation

Dairy farmers and managers are encouraged to create a certificate documenting completed continuing education and training.


  • MM slash DD slash YYYY

  • Enter an email where you want the certificate to be sent