Does "Subpart D - Safety for Agricultural Equipment" Apply to You?

Subpart D provides for the protection of employees from the hazards associated with moving machinery parts of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins used in any agricultural operation.

Do employees use farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, or cotton gins? If yes, then you need to comply with the standard on guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins as it applies to all farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins. This standard is broken out in 4 sections: paragraph (a) - general requirements for all equipment, paragraph (b) - farm field equipment, paragraph (c) - farmstead equipment and paragraph (d) - cotton gins.  

Paragraph (a) contains general requirements which apply to all covered equipment (i.e., field equipment, farmstead equipment, cotton gins) and includes operating instructions, methods of guarding, strength and design of guards, guarding by location, guarding by railings, and servicing and maintenance.  It also provide definitions such as:

A guard or shield is a barrier designed to protect against employee contact with a heard created by a moving machinery part.

Click on the tabs below for more information based on the type of equipment used: farm field equipment, farmstead equipment and cotton gins. 

Additional related information can be found on the agricultural safety and health (ASH) webpage and on the A-Z topics page for machine guarding.

Subpart D - Safety for Agricultural Equipment

Do employees use farm field equipment?

Do employees use farm field equipment?

If yes, then you also need to comply paragraph (b) of the standard on guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins as it applies to farm field equipment. It provides requirements pertaining to power-take-off guarding, and other power transmission components (i.e., guarding, safety sign warnings, not removing guards). This is in addition to paragraph (a) which applies to all covered equipment.

Farm field equipment means tractors or implements, including self-propelled implements, or any combination thereof used in agricultural operations.

Additional related information can be found on the agricultural safety and health (ASH) webpage and on the A-Z topics page for machine guarding.

Do employees use farmstead equipment?

Do employees use farmstead equipment?

If yes, then you also need to comply with paragraph (c) of the standard on guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins as it applies to farmstead equipment. It provides requirements pertaining to power-take-off guarding, signs for power drive safety shields, other power transmission components (i.e., guarding, safety sign warnings, not removing guards), and electrical disconnect means (i.e., maintenance and servicing, signage). This is in addition to paragraph (a) which applies to all covered equipment. 

Farmstead equipment means agricultural equipment normally used in a stationary manner. This includes, but is not limited to, materials handling equipment and accessories for such equipment whether or not the equipment is an integral part of a building.

Additional related information can be found on the agricultural safety and health (ASH) webpage and on the A-Z topics page for machine guarding.

Do employees use cotton gins?

Do employees use cotton gins?

If yes, then you also need to comply with paragraph (d) of the standard on guarding of farm field equipment, farmstead equipment, and cotton gins as it applies to cotton gins. It provides requirements pertaining to power transmission components (i.e., guards), functional components (i.e., guards), and warning devices. This is in addition to paragraph (a) which applies to all covered equipment. 

Cotton gins are systems of machines which condition seed cotton, separate lint from seed, convey materials, and package lint cotton.

Additional related information can be found on the agricultural safety and health (ASH) webpage and on the A-Z topics page for machine guarding.