Dairy Barns And Milking Facilities Inspection

This checklist can be used to inspect the dairy barns and milking facilities.​

Dairy Barns and Milking Facilities Inspection



General

1. Are livestock pens and work areas posted to keep unauthorized visitors out of barns or other facilities?


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2. Are shields and guards present?


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3. Are lockout procedures available?


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4. Do ventilation fans operate properly? (Note: Fans 7 feet or higher from ground level do not require shielding.)


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5. Are operator's manuals available for review by employees?


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6. Are employees trained on safe operation of machinery annually?


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Gates, Pens And Alleys

1. Are gates in good repair?


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2. Are cattle guards in good repair?


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3. Are grates or guards in place over floor openings? (e.g. manure system)


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4. Are alleys of tripping hazards?


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5. Are there people -passes available and exit passages clear?


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6. Are tools (e.g. scrapers) properly stored?


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7. Is livestock restraining equipment available and in good condition?


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8. Are there procedures for animal care practices requiring direct worker contact with the cattle in the pens?


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9. Are there procedures for work activities that require machinery to be operated in the vicinity of ground workers?


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Holding Areas And Crowding Gates

1. Are there any mechanical hazards (e.g., missing guards, open belts or pulleys?


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2. Does the crowd gate have an emergency stop in the holding area?


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3. Are there any electrical hazards that need repair on the crowd gate?


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4. Have employees been trained on how to safety work with cattle in the holding area?


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5. Are gates in good repair?


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Milking Parlour

1. Are open drains or drainage holes covered with an appropriate grate?


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2. Are hoses in milking parlor kept wrapped when not in use to prevent a tripping hazard?


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3. Are steps in good condition and clear debris or other items?


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4. If steps with more than 4 risers, are there hand-rails?


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5. If fixed ladders are used, check for bent rungs, poor welds, etc.?


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6. Are chemicals or drugs used in the parlor included on the chemical inventory?


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7. Are MSDS available to employees during all shifts?


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8. If secondary containers are used for teat dips, do these containers have proper labeling or a placard posted?


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9. If pre- or post-dips are dispersed using hoses with containers in another area, is there a chemical placard in the parlor?


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10. Is there an eye wash station available to workers within 10 seconds.


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11. Are animal pharmaceuticals kept in a secure area with labeled or original containers? (NOTE: Pharmaceuticals should not be stored with food for human consumption.)


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12. Have MSDS for pharmaceuticals used in the milking parlor been reviewed for HAZCOM?


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13. Are all electrical cords and wiring in working order?


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14. Are electrical boxes designed for wet environments and covered?


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Animal Handling

1. Have animal-handling incidents within the past year been reviewed for corrective actions?


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2. Have employees been trained on how to safely work with animals?


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3. Is there a bull? If yes, are barns posted?


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Footbath

1. Is an MSDS available for each chemical used in the footbath?


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2. Are chemicals used on chemical inventory?


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3. Is footbath solution properly disposed of?


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4. Have employees received HazCom training?


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5. Is an eye wash available within 10 seconds of chemical mixing area?


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6. Is proper chemical PPE available and used by worker?


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Milk House

1. Have chemicals used in the milk house been identified for HAZCOM chemical inventory?


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2. Are MSDS sheets available to employees during all shifts?


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3. Are milkhouse chemicals-pipeline cleaners, disinfectants, etc.-stored in original containers with proper labeling?


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4. If secondary containers are used, do these containers have proper labeling or placard posted?


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5. Have chemicals been reviewed PPE and is appropriate PPE available to the employee?


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6. Is an eye wash available within 10 seconds of chemical use or mixing area?


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7. Are chemical storage areas clear of debris?


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8. Are chemical storage shelves or cabinets properly secured?


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9. If using milk silos or bulk tanks, has a confined space assessment been completed?


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10. When hoses aren't in use, are they properly stored?


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11. Are cleaning tools (e.g., brushes) properly stored?


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12. If water is non-potable, is there a sign?


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Vet Room / Hospital

1. Is livestock restraining equipment available and in good condition (for example squeeze chutes, headgates, etc)?


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2. Are pens, gates, or chutes adequate for the job, sturdy and well-maintained?


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3. Are there sharp containers available?


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4. Have employees been trained on preventing needlesticks?


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5. Have employees received training on zoonotic diseases?


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Hazard Communications

1. Is there a written Hazard Communications plan?


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2. Has a chemical inventory been completed? Last update:


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3. Have employees been trained on the Hazard Communications plan?


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4. Is there an Emergency Action Plan to address fire-related procedures?


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5. Are fire extinguishers available throughout livestock facilities?


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6. Is there a system to maintain and inspect extinguishers?


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7. If employees have been identified to assist in case of a fire, have those employees been trained in how to properly operate a fire extinguisher?


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8. Has a fire evacuation been practiced?


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9. Is there an Emergency Action Plan to address severe weather situations?


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10. Has the severe weather plan been practiced?


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