Farming offers a unique opportunity for children and adolescents to learn the value of hard work, how to handle responsibilities, and how to set priorities. Traditionally, farming has been a family affair in which parents, grandparents, and older siblings help children to develop a sense of pride, a feeling of belonging, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But there are risks involved in farm labor.
The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a project of Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) for youth ages 14 and 15.
Teams representing 4-H and FFA groups compete in a quiz show format to demonstrate their knowledge about farm safety and health hazards and recommended practices.
This fact sheet discusses selection and use of ATVs for youth, along with recommendations for adults to help youth have positive experiences with ATVs.
By following the Top 10 Suggestions for ATV Safety, operators should find ATV use pleasant and productive and that ATV injury and fatality incidents can be avoided.
The ATV is now on all types of farms and ranches, in orchards and forests, in ornamental nurseries and on golf courses.
Children are curious and perceive the farm as a gigantic playground. But children do not recognize or understand dangers and cannot easily remember rules from situation to situation. They must be supervised and reminded often about where they can go and what they should avoid.
The display can lead to discussion of hazard prevention, developing a strategy to deal with potential hazards, and responding to injuries or fatalities from farm hazards.
Based on the task sheets from NSTMOP, the Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation for Hispanic Youth is a culturally appropriate program designed to teach aspects of general farm safety, safe tractor and machinery operation to Hispanic youth.