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
- 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.