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Tips on Identifying & Managing Potential Safety Hazards

American National Insurance

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As the proud first sponsoring partner of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, an American National company, offers helpful risk management tips in a 4-part series to your business.

Supported by a thriving agent network, we at American National understand farmers and the agriculture business. Offering information to help keep you and your winery prepare for the unexpected is one way we can show our support. Farms and businesses have their own unique safety risks. Those risks can be managed and reduced by developing a safety management plan and policies.

Your winery might offer ancillary activities and services, like tours of the vinery, tours of the production and bottling areas, restaurants, gift shops, hosting events, tasting rooms—the possibilities go on. Therefore, it’s important for each aspect of your winery to be as secure as possible.

So where to begin? A good place to start is by identifying and managing potential safety hazards. Your next steps are to educate and train employees, communicate risks and expectations to visitors and establish emergency response procedures.

Identifying Potential Safety Hazards

The best way to identify possible risks on your property is to inspect the area regularly, and to keep a log of each inspection. Try inviting someone you trust to walk through the area with you and ask them to point out anything that stands out as a possible risk. Experts like first responders and professional building inspectors are ideal walkthrough partners. They may raise a red flag about something you would have overlooked alone.

Keep in mind that common safety risks involve a wide range of possibilities. However, it all depends on the conditions of your property. Review the following list during your inspections and be sure to consider each scenario thoroughly.

  •  Parking and traffic

  • Buildings and bathrooms

  • Kids on the farm

  • Accommodation for guests

  • Hay or wagon rides

  • Disability accommodations

  • Designated areas that are off-limits to the public

  •  Weather and fire prevention

  • Farm equipment and machinery

  • Security measures

  • Lagoons and irrigation ponds

  • Pesticides/chemicals

  • Food services (food safety)

  • Production and bottling areas


Managing Potential Safety Hazards

So, you’ve successfully inspected your operation – now it’s time to manage risks by creating a unique safety plan.

Safety plans maintain a secure environment for employees and visitors alike. The key components of a safety plan include establishing safety procedures for all anticipated activities, designating areas that are off-limits to the public, and providing a basis for training your employees. Additionally, safety plans should also provide emergency contact information for all winery owners and employees, along with a map detailing important locations on the property.

When writing your safety plan, be sure to describe each possible activity that could occur on your property. Identify all potential risks associated with specific activities, outline the strategies for minimizing those risks, and specify locations to post rules and warnings.

A comprehensive winery safety program incorporates these tips, among many others. Stay tuned for more ideas from American National about how you can protect what matters most.

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The information contained in this article has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. The information is general in nature and may not apply to all circumstances. American National, its affiliates, agents and employees do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided and assume no liability, expressed or implied, in connection therewith. Further, the information is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with an appropriate legal advisor.

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