“Do you want to know when your child is ready for a particular farm task? Take the guess work out of the equation with the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT). The following ten NAGCATS provide parents, caregivers and others with a clear and straightforward decision-making framework for 10 of the tasks most frequently associated with injuries to children.
These guidelines are intended for children and youth between the ages of seven to 16 who live or work on farms and ranches across North America and are based on childhood development, agricultural practices, principles of childhood injury, and agricultural safety. Reproduced with permission from National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
1. Driving a Farm Tractor
2. Farming with an ATV
3. Farmstead Equipment
4. Feeding Hay to Cows
5. Leading or Grooming Animals
6. Repairing Fence
7. Trailed Implements Fieldwork
8. Unloading Hay
9. Using a Front End Loader
10. Working with Large Animals
NCCRAHS is updating their guidelines for youth working in agriculture. View Family Youth Guidelines (guidelines for own children, 17 and under working on the farm, English only) (link: https://www.cultivatesafety.org/safety-guidelines-search/?category=familyyouth). View existing NAGCATs (English only) (link: http://nagcat.org/nagcat/)
Author/Organization: National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety