s to allow you to either use New York State’s template or develop y
You can choose the format that best suits your needs to develop your safety plan. Templates are provided in Microsoft Word, a fillable PDF form, or you can simply print the template and hand-write text into the boxes provided to address the specific situation for your business. A task force of Cornell Cooperative Extension professionals from across the state, who collectively are familiar with the many different types of enterprises and complexity of agricultural businesses in New York, developed these tools to help make it easier for you to meet the state mandate for a safety plan to protect the people associated with your business.
These are blank templates that you can download and use to write your farm business’s safety plan.
- Link to NY State Business Safety Plan Template, Adobe PDF format, suitable to print and handwrite your plan
- Business Safety Plan Template with fillable boxes, Adobe PDF (Reduce font size if necessary to view text in boxes when printing.)
- Business Safety Plan Template, Microsoft Word
Considerations and Examples For Your Plan
A team of Cornell Cooperative Extension professionals developed documents with important information and concepts for you to consider as you write your plan and examples of what might appear in a farm safety plan. Use these documents to help you think through each part of your farm safety plan.
- Farm, Production Agriculture Only: PDF version or Word version
- Farm, Retail Sales Module. Use this in combination with the production agriculture document if your farm includes retail sales: PDF version or Word version
- Food Animal Veterinary Clinic Safety Plan Resource: PDF version or Word version. Veterinary clinics can use this document for support to develop their business safety plan.
Key References and Support Documents
This section includes the essential guidance documents prepared by official sources such as New York and U.S. government authorities and Cornell experts.
- Interim Guidance for Prevention and Response of COVID-19 at Farms, the COVID-19 Farm Operator Checklist, and Tip Sheet for Farm Workers from NY State Departments of Health and Ag & Markets
- Best Management Practices for U-Pick Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Best Management Practices for Ornamental Greenhouse Operations, Retail Greenhouses, Nurseries and Landscape Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Best Management Practices for Craft Beverage Tastings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- NYS Agriculture and Markets COVID-19 webpage with the latest updates
- New York State Agriculture and Markets Interim Guidance for Horticulture
Equine Business Safety Plan Resources
- NYS Ag and Markets Interim Guidance
- Equine Operations, Horse Boarding Businesses, and Riding Facilities: What You Need to Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Best Management Practices for Equine Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Equine Inherent Risk Fact Sheet
- Best Management Practices for Equine Operations
- Agricultural Exhibitions Guidance
- Regional Control Boards
- The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready
- Interim Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs
- Mandatory and Best Practices for Child Care and Day Camp Programs
References to Write a Safety Plan
- New York State: County Health Department Contact List
- New York State: Poster in English. Protect yourself from COVID-19 and stop the spread of germs.
- New York State: Poster in Spanish. Protect yourself from COVID-19 and stop the spread of germs.
- OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Chlorine Dilution Calculator
- EPA: All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- New York State Registered Disinfectants Based on EPA List
- Produce Safety Alliance: Cleaning versus Sanitizing
- Sanitation Checklist: Tractor, Mobile Equipment, Vehicle – Cleaning/Disinfection
- How to Build a Field Handwashing Station in 10 Easy Steps for Under $20
- Penn State University: Proper Glove Use to Prevent Contamination
- Cornell University: National Good Agricultural Practices Program Log Sheets and SOPs
- Cornell University: National Good Agricultural Practices Visitor Training Log
- Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: Emergency Prevention Measures for Social Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
- Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: COVID-19 Decision Tree for the Food industry
- CDC: What to Do If You Are Sick
- CDC: Print Resources
- CDC: Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
- CDC: Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID -19 Not in Healthcare Settings
- CDC: If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
- CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- CDC: Manufacturing Workers and Employers. Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- CDC: Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
- CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands
- Important! State Guidance for Farms to Prevent/Respond to COVID-19 (5/28)
- Jump Start Your Farm’s Safety Plan By Kelsey O’Shea, Ag Business Management Specialist, Cornell North Country Regional Ag Team (5/22)
- COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward” By Richard Stup, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development (5/19)