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Worker Protection Standards

WPS Training videos for agricultural workers:

To download, right-click on "link" and save the file.

WPS Training videos for pesticide handlers:

To download, right-click on "link" and save the file.

You can find these, and other WPS training materials on the PERC website.

For hard copy DVDs, the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) has a target date of April 1, 2018 to have them available on their online store at http://www.npsecstore.com.

A Curriculum for In-Person Delivery of a Train-the-Trainer Course

These are Power-Point Presentations with approximiately 166 slides and 12 sections, available in both English and Spanish. When delivered in their entirety, they are each an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer course (Approval # EPA WPS TTT W/H 00026) that qualifies a person to train workers and handlers. The English presentation was updated to correct some formatting issues in AEZ-related slides on February 17, 2017.

» www.pesticideresources.org/wps/inventory.html

Health and Safety:

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. Much of the information is offered in both English and Spanish.

  • Online training will walk you through the steps to get your safety committees and safety meetings started.
  • Comprehensive safety resources by topic
  • Safety training video library
  • Find tips to prevent injuries, promote health, and better manage workers' comp.
  • plus so much more...

» Visit www.saif.com
» Safety Posters and Forms

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.

» Download the Training Manual (PDF)
» More info/order dvd...

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.

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.

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

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))

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.

» More info/order...

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.

» Registration starts in September (Members only)

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 ("Breathe Easy: A Respiratory Protection Program"), forklift safety ("Load & Lift: A Guide to Agricultural Lift Truck Safety"), and ergonomics ("Ergonomics in Agriculture: Working Smarter...Not Harder"). All programs are available in English and Spanish. To obtain programs produced by the OAN with OSHA grants, visit the Oregon OSHA On-Line Data Resource System.

» More information...

Safety-Related Links

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

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5/22/2018
Mt. Hood Chapter Young Growers Gathering

6/1/2018
Worker Protection Standard training

6/7/2018
Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

6/14/2018
Worker Protection Standard training

6/22/2018
Worker Protection Standard training

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