Hand Signals on the Farm: The ‘Universal Language”; Learn Them – Use Them

Working around machinery is often noisy. Communication between workers is essential to avoid confusion and reduce the possibility of an accident. The use of hand signals to communicate, instead of talking, lets co-workers exchange instructions from a safe distance.

THESE ARE INDUSTRY STANDARD HAND SIGNALS. Uniformity is the key point – everyone must get the same message from the same signal. Learn them, use them – and help prevent farm injuries and fatalities. Please display this poster prominently in your farm machinery work area. These signals should be used by all the farm family, employees and farm visitors such as feed truck drivers, chemical salespeople and farm store delivery drivers.

Author/Organization: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Date: 2007