Manure Pit Safety Fact Sheets

Safety fact sheets about manure storage hazards, gas monitoring, ventilation systems, and handling manure storage emergencies.

Automated manure and waste water handling is most often accomplished by collecting and storing manure and waste in storages located directly beneath the animals or in a nearby containment structure that may be located either below ground or at ground level.

A gas monitor with remote sampling enables measurements to be taken by workers located safely outside the storage facility.

Discussion on how to determine the required amount and type of ventilation to reduce risk when entering a confined space manure pit.

This factsheet discusses the appropriate emergency actions when a person is discovered unresponsive in a manure storage pit; and the best management practices farmers can take to avoid a manure storage emergency on their farm.

Non-enclosed manure storages are open to the atmosphere, but still meet the definition of a confined space in terms of occupational safety and health.

Surprise! Open-air, outdoor manure storages pose dangers even with all that fresh air around. A number of recent human tragedies in the vicinity of mixing and cleanout of outdoor manure storages raised concern.