Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Farm Safety Responsibilities


EHS is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering the Farm Safety Program. This involves:

  • Training all personnel in the associated hazards and general safe work practices.
  • Maintaining centralized records of training and certification records.
  • Providing technical assistance to university personnel.
  • Evaluating the overall effectiveness of the program on a periodic basis.


Departments are expected to maintain a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campus. Departments must ensure equipment provided is of a safe design and in good condition and should designate responsible persons to coordinate the requirements of this program with employees.


Employees operating tractors must attend EHS Tractor Safety training and use the equipment in a safe and responsible manner. Employees must report all defects of equipment to their supervisor for prompt servicing and repair.


Contractors must comply with all local, state, and federal safety requirements, and assure that all of their employees performing work on Virginia Tech properties have been suitably trained. Contractors must also comply with the requirements outlines in Virginia Tech's Contractor Safety Program.