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Communication Plan

Youth need some type of communication “tool” (two-way radios, cell phone, etc.) that enables them to communicate with an adult in case of emergency and/or for “checking in.” Youth must be trained to use this equipment under safe conditions and to never use it when it would be a hazardous distraction.

What is a hazardous distraction?

This is something that creates a hazard (danger) by distracting a worker’s attention from their job. Examples would include texting on a cell phone while driving a tractor or talking on a 2-way radio while in a pen with cattle.

What does a communication plan need to include?

A communication plan must include information about the type(s) of communication tools used and what adults and youth need to know (what training is needed), such as:

  • Who needs to be contacted and when
  • Contact information, such as cell phone numbers or 2-way radio channels
  • What types of events/issues/problems necessitate communication
  • When not to use the tools, and what steps to take to remedy the situation if communication is necessary

Communication Plan Resources


Communication Plan Instructions and Template (English)

Click here to open Communication Plan Instructions and Template PDF in English.

Communication Plan Instructions and Template (French)

Click here to open Communication Plan Instructions and Template PDF in French.

Communication Plan Instructions and Template (Spanish)

Click here to open Communication Plan Instructions and Template PDF in Spanish.