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|0608 EL: Seeing the light|
|El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management|
|Written by Darren Olsen, Editor|
|Friday, 31 October 2008 17:00|
One simple way to make sure you can see and be seen by people and animals at night is to carry a flashlight and use it when you move between pens, vehicles and production areas.It might sound too easy to think about, but many people try to move around and take care of jobs without the use of additional light. While some areas might be lit, others can be dangerous and you might miss problems not easily seen in low light conditions. When using a flashlight remember:
• A flashlight is only good when it is turned on. Be sure to use it whenever you are outside or in a barn.
• Be sure you have spare batteries for the flashlight you are using. Be sure they are easily accessible and everyone who needs them can get to them quickly.
• If the flashlight you are using becomes damaged in any way, be sure to let your manager know so it can be replaced.
• If your job requires you do things with both hands consider getting a light that goes on your head instead of in your hands. This will allow you to see and do your tasks with greater ease.
• Always use your light to check in pen corners and areas not easily seen at night. Cows with problems tend to separate themselves from the main herd and can easily be overlooked in the dark.
• When using a flashlight, avoid shining the light beam directly into the eyes of people or animals. This can cause them reduced vision for a brief time and startle animals.
Above all, keep safe. If you are entering an unfamiliar area or coming upon a situation that might be dangerous, be sure you can see well before entering or assisting. Many accidents happen because people can’t see well and no one needs another accident to deal with. If in doubt, get more light in the area or help from others. EL