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Lighten your load with tractor loader safety training

Tractor loaders move materials easily and quickly, but they involve substantial risks if not used properly. A fully loaded loader, for instance, makes the tractor front heavy and could cause the tractor to tip or roll over, possibly causing serious injury. This informative handout is essential reading for anyone who operates a tractor loader. It covers the necessary precautions to avoid a rollover as well as other safety tips, bale handling and more. This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Always use the right respiratory protection for the job

When working around dangerous airborne chemical contaminants, a disposable dust mask just won't do. Instead, an air-purifying or air-supplying respirator is better suited — and it's important that it fit properly. Take a moment and read over this brief yet informative handout which provides guidelines for choosing and using the right respiratory protection for the job. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Know how to respond to an electrical emergency

If someone becomes an accidental victim of electric shock, would you know the first thing to do? (Answer: Turn off the power before touching the person.) Take a moment and read over this informative handout which provides a checklist of items for responding to an electrical emergency. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Noise can rob you of your hearing

Exposure to loud noises over a long period of time can take a serious toll on your hearing. Don't wait until you notice hearing loss — by then it's too late! Take a moment and read over this informative handout (also in Spanish) which details the types of activities that require protective earplugs or earmuffs. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Top 10 suggestions for tractor safety

Tractors are the primary source of work-related injuries on farms; nationally, nearly one-third of all farm work fatalities involve tractors. By following the top 10 suggestions for tractor safety in this brochure, the overwhelming majority of tractor-related injury and fatality incidents can be avoided. This information is presented to you courtesy of Penn State Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Don't get caught in or between

While hauling hay, a worker stopped to change a flat wagon tire. The wagon fell, pinning the worker between the ground and the wagon. This is just one example of a caught-in/caught-between accident, and it's no place to find yourself! Take a moment and review this worksheet to learn about other potentially dangerous situations and ways to avoid getting caught in them. This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Proactivity is key with return-to-work programs

Studies show injured workers off work longer than six months have only a 50 percent chance of returning to their job; after one year, the rate falls to just 10 percent! To improve these odds, SAIF has compiled this informative web page. It lists the ways to implement return-to-work programs that can help bring workers back to productivity quicker and more cost effectively. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Protect workers against heat-related illness

With the recent hot weather comes an increased risk of heat-related illness. Heat illness is the result of the body being unable to manage heat exposure through sweating alone. Heat illnesses range from rash and cramps to exhaustion and heat stroke. Left untreated, these illnesses will cause serious health impacts, including possibly death. Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk, especially if heavy work or bulky, protective equipment are involved.

Agricultural workers are among those most likely to be at risk. You can reduce the risk and treat the illness chiefly through three means — water, rest and shade. Always keep an eye out on your workers and encourage them to do the same for each other. Also, know the signs of heat illness and know what to do in an emergency. Then, if an emergency exists, don't wait. Act. For more information, read these tips from OSHA. This safety tip is brought to you by SAIF, Oregon OSHA, and the OAN Insurance and Safety Committee.

Prevent falls with orchard ladder safety

The improper moving and lifting of tripod orchard ladders leads to many accidents, including falls. Before workers begin using orchard ladders, have them review this worksheet — also available in Spanish — to reinforce the proper way to use the ladders. This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Protect your skin

Skin is one of the largest organs in the human body, and one of the most vulnerable to damage from the sun, biting and stinging insects, poisonous plants, hazardous chemicals and wind burn. These hazards can cause soreness, infections, scars and even cancer. OAN members and their employees are reminded to always wear protective clothing, use sunscreen when working outdoors, and know their environment. Read on for further tips, courtesy of the OAN Safety & Insurance Committee, SAIF and Parlay International: English | Spanish

Can you hear me now?

Noise-induced hearing loss can occur as a result of one-time exposure to very loud noise or repeated exposure to elevated noise levels. Machines in the workplace can produce levels of sound that can cause hearing loss. Therefore, choosing and using hearing protection is of vital importance. Review this handy flyer (in English (pdf) and in Spanish (pdf) to learn about the three styles of hearing protection and their proper use.

Choose and use your spray nozzles wisely

When using spray equipment, you want the chemicals to hit their intended target area and not surrounding plants, equipment or people. The proper selection and use of spray nozzles is an important part of reducing spray drift. The following guide, compliments of OAN Safety & Insurance Committee and Ohio State University, will help you and your employees get the job done in a safer and more effective way: English | Spanish

Develop an emergency plan

Farm managers and employees can develop a deep knowledge of the hazards that exist on their property. In fact, most do. But the area where many fall down is crisis intervention. Do you know what you would do if a medical or other emergency happened on your farm? You should, because seconds count. Here are some tips to help you plan your response in the event of an emergency situation: [English | Spanish]

Improper use of ATVs can be dangerous on the farm

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are commonly used as transportation at nurseries, tree farms and other agricultural businesses. Though convenient, they also can be dangerous. According to Oregon OSHA, there were 104 ATV-related disability claims between 2004–2009, and 44 of those were in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The OAN Safety Committee urges members and their employees to observe safe practices when using ATVs. These ATV safety tips (PDF) are compliments of OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Oregon OSHA.

Know safe practices as a landscape contractor

For those of you who perform landscaping services, here is a brochure that covers many safety aspects that need to be considered, compliments of OAN Safety & Insurance Committee and Oregon OSHA.

Respect the dangers of pesticides

It's common for nursery workers to work with and near pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. It can also be dangerous. These chemicals can sicken workers who come in contact with them or breathe the vapors. Workers and supervisors should follow safe practices, but that is not enough. They should also know what to do if a worker is exposed to pesticides or experiences adverse symptoms. A quick and proper response can be critical. For more information, read this flyer (pdf) which has information in both English and Spanish, compliments of the OAN Insurance and Safety Committee, Oregon OSHA, and SAIF.

Develop an emergency plan

Farm managers and employees can develop a deep knowledge of the hazards that exist on their property. In fact, most do. But the area where many fall down is crisis intervention. Do you know what you would do if a medical or other emergency happened on your farm? You should, because seconds count. Here are some tips to help you plan your response in the event of an emergency situation: English | Spanish

Choose and use your spray nozzles well

When using spray equipment, you want the chemicals to hit their intended target area and not surrounding plants, equipment or people. The proper selection and use of spray nozzles is an important part of reducing spray drift. The following guide, compliments of OAN Safety & Insurance Committee and Ohio State University, will help you and your employees get the job done in a safer and more effective way: English | Spanish

For pesticide applicators, protective gear is a must

Whenever workers are applying pesticides, they should protect themselves by wearing the proper gear. This includes headgear, gloves, footwear, eye protection, respirators and clothing. The following module, compliments of the OAN Safety & Insurance Committee and Ohio State University, explains what you need and how to use it properly: English | Spanish

Avoid pesticide intake

There are four ways toxic materials can be taken into the body. To know the types and causes of pesticide exposure and how to prevent exposures, read the following module, compliments of the OAN Safety & Insurance Committee and Ohio State University: English | Spanish

Protect your eyes

One of your most important senses is also one of your most vulnerable. Left unprotected, eyes can suffer permanent damage from impacts, strong rays, dust, chemicals and flying debris or particles. That's why the OAN Safety & Insurance Committee reminds employers and workers that proper eye protection always should be worn anytime hazards are, or may be, present. The following tips are courtesy of the committee, along with SAIF, the University of Maine, and the National Ag Safety Database:

English: Eye Protection (pdf) | Eye Protection for Farmers
Spanish: Eye Protection (pdf)

Heat can be a killer

Heat kills. In hot weather, workers and their supervisors are advised to monitor conditions and act accordingly to protect themselves and their co-workers. The following tips — compliments of OAN Safety & Insurance Committee, Oregon OSHA and SAIF — will help prevent dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and other problems arising from the heat:

Heat illness can be prevented!: English | Spanish
Stopping for water keeps you going!: English | Spanish
Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers
Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Protect your skin

Skin is one of the largest organs in the human body, and one of the most vulnerable to damage from the sun, biting and stinging insects, poisonous plants, hazardous chemicals and even wind burn. These hazards can cause soreness, infections, scars and even cancer. OAN members and their employees are reminded to always wear protective clothing, use sunscreen when working outdoors, and know their environment. Read on for further tips, courtesy of the OAN Safety & Insurance Committee, SAIF and Parlay International:

Skin Hazards: English | Spanish
Skin Deep

Take precautions while digging trenches

Soil is extremely heavy material. It can weigh as much as 100 yards per cubic foot. A cubic yard can weigh upwards of 2,700 pounds. This amount of heavy material can present a danger to people who are digging trenches, particularly in the event of an accident or a collapse. There's also the time and expense of rescuing the victim, re-excavating the collapsed trench, paying worker compensation costs and taking care of additional paperwork. Prevent accidents by following these tips, courtesy of Ohio State University and the Oregon Association of Nurseries Safety and Insurance Committee. English| Spanish (pdf)

Tractor Safety

The following safety tips are compliments of OAN Safety Committee, SAIF and Agri-Business Council of Oregon.

Tractor safety elements available in video:
A significant percentage of agricultural injuries and fatalities occur on and around tractors. This video covers the nine important safety elements that Oregon OSHA requires every ag employer to review with their tractor drivers at least annually. Safety issues unique to the equipment and work environment are also discussed (2011). Supporting materials: Training Guide for Agriculture Tractor Operators (English Guide) (Spanish Guide)
Play Video in English | Play Video in Spanish
To check out the video: Download the Checkout form (Order code: AGRI-04 (Includes English and Spanish))

Load & Lift: A Guide to Agricultural Lift Truck Safety

The forklift training video covers training required by OSHA code. A dvd of this training program is also availble. If you have questions regarding this program, contact the OAN (info@oan.org) at the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

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Build Your Own Employee Safety Program (CD)

The Safety Program CD is free to OAN Members! Your OAN Safety Committee is dedicated to your safety success. We hope this tool will help you realize your safety goals. This CD is simply organized and presents safety topics, the requirements, references for the particular program and resources available to learn more.

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First Aid and Adult CPR Training Classes

The OAN Safety Committee offers first aid and adult CPR training classes each year in the fall. Classes are held at 3 locations (Boring, Wilsonville and Hillsboro) and are available in English or Spanish.

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(Members only)

Safety & Health Handouts for Download

An online library of 150 safety & health related handouts and posters, available to our members at any time for download and distribution. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish languages, in PDF format.

» Browse the safety handouts... (Members only)

"Tailgate Training" and Safety Alerts

The OAN Safety Committee has produced a series of Safety Alerts and bilingual fliers entitled "Tailgate Training" which were included in past mailings of the Member Update.

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OAN Safety Committee

The Safety Committee meets periodically during the year, and any OAN member is welcome to attend. Please contact the OAN at 503.682.5089 if interested.

OSHA Resources

The Safety Committee has received several grants from OSHA to develop various safety and health programs. These have covered subjects such as respirator safety, forklift safety and ergonomics. All programs are available in English and Spanish.

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Safety-Related Links

For links to other safety-oriented web sites visit our Safety-Related Links page.

Partnership with SAIF

Among ways the Safety Committee achieves its mission and goals is through a strong partnership with SAIF Corp., the OAN's workers' compensation carrier. Members can view safety materials at www.saif.com. In some cases you will need to have your SAIF policy number available to view certain documents.

SAIF Agricultural Safety Workshops

SAIF Corporation's annual agricultural safety seminars for Oregon employers are held in many locations across Oregon. The free four-hour seminars are designed primarily for owners, operators, supervisors and foremen, but anyone working in the agricultural industry is welcome to attend.

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