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Young girl feeding a bottle of milk to a calf while being supervised by an adult

Supervision

Adult supervision is careful, directed attention provided to a child or teenager doing farm work. The amount of supervision depends on the age of the child/youth and the task being performed.

Levels of Supervision

  • Constant – an adult is always within sight, sound and reach of a youth
  • Intermittent – an adult is out of sight and sound for up to 15 minutes
  • Periodic – an adult observes the youth at least every 15-30 minutes

Key Points:

  • No task is too easy; youth must always be supervised by an adult.
  • All children under 10 years of age need constant supervision.
  • Recommended levels of supervision for youth over 10 years depends on the youth’s age and the task.
  • Youth performing a new task should be constantly supervised until competent.
  • Adults should not perform farm work while supervising youth, unless demonstrating a task or training him/her.
  • Provide frequent rest periods and monitor youth for fatigue.
  • Monitor youth for good body mechanics and provide training as needed.
  • Adults should immediately correct youth’s unsafe behaviors.

Supervision Resources


Supervising Youth Working in Agriculture (English)

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Supervising Youth Working in Agriculture (French)

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Supervising Youth Working in Agriculture (Spanish)

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Adult Supervision and Pediatric Injuries in the Agricultural Worksite

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Supervision Can Prevent Injuries