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National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
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Peosta, IA 52068

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Gloria Reiter
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Ric Jones
Emergency Service Program Manager

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Brad Kruse
Agriculture Safety and Rescue Instructor

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Personal Protection Equipment for Agricultural Producers: This presentation on Personal Protection Equipment Selection is designed for workers and management personnel in production agriculture. It can be designed with a focus on the family farm and ranch population, small agriculture business or larger work forces in the industry. Participants will increase their knowledge and awareness of:

  • Appropriate NIOSH approved eye and face protection
  • Appropriate NIOSH approved respiratory protection
  • Appropriate NIOSH approved hearing protection
  • Appropriate hand and foot protection
  • Skin safety and skin cancer prevention
  • Storage of personal protection equipment
  • Cholinesterase testing protocol.

 Respirator Selection for Agricultural Producers: Providing adequate protection from the multiple respiratory hazards in production agriculture can be a difficult process. The Selection of Respiratory Protective Equipment program will help clarify that process and remove some of the guess work. This presentation can be tailored to the needs of agricultural workers, managers and business owners, as well as health care professionals. The program will:

  • Present an overview of agricultural respiratory exposures
  • Discuss the various types of respiratory protection
  • Discuss respiratory protection for specific hazards (examples – grain, cotton, hog, cattle, poultry, etc.).
  • Present reliable resources such as NIOSH labeling, OSHA resources, and the AgriSafe Respirator Selection Guide.
  • Serve as a companion program to the PPE Selection program and Grain Safety series programs.

Respirator Program Adapted to Agriculture: The primary goal of this webinar is to highlight the components of an effective respiratory protection program for the agricultural workplace. The intended audience for this presentation includes healthcare professionals who provide care in agricultural communities and business owners, managers, and workers in production agriculture. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the diverse respiratory hazards unique to agricultural and the justification for a comprehensive respiratory program.
  • Identify the OSHA respirator standards that apply to an agricultural setting.
  • Understand  key components of an effective respiratory protection program
  • Access resources, templates, medical evaluations, and further trainings to effectively implement a respiratory program.

Personal Protective Equipment Specific to Chemical Exposure: This program addresses appropriate protective measures to be implemented when working with the multiple agricultural chemicals. The intended audience includes workers in production agriculture with potential exposure to chemicals, ag business owners and managers, nursery operators, and family farm and ranch operators. It has also been designed for health care professionals working in rural or agricultural communities. At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Increase an understanding of the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  • Differentiate between OSHA and the EPA and locate their resources
  • Identify aspects of appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Review examples of some common agricultural chemicals
  • Locate product labels that will assist in selection of appropriate protective wear
  • This program is a recommended companion to the Respirator Selection presentation.
  • Chemical Safety is a collaboration with The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)

Understanding OSHA's Agricultural Exemptions/Standards: There continues to be confusion in many sectors of the agricultural workforce related to the OSHA Standards. This presentation takes a practical look at the exemption status, how it is defined, and where it affects various segments of production agriculture. This program is designed for workers in production agriculture, worksite managers and supervisors, ag business owners, and those involved in family farming or ranching. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify OSHA standards specific to agriculture
  • Identify General Industry OSHA standards that should be considered in agriculture
  • Understand OSHA exemption
  • Differentiate between federal OSHA, state OSHA, NIOSH, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and WPS (Worker Protection Standard)
  • Locate resources to aid in OSHA standards compliance.

Cholinesterase Monitoring: The Cholinesterase Monitoring program is directed toward workers and managers in production agriculture who may have potential for exposure to pesticides. It is also designed for health care professionals. The focus of this program can be tailored to specific audiences. Participants in this presentation will learn how to:

  • Assess the human health importance of cholinesterase screening
  • Identify which types of pesticides require cholinesterase screening and the people most likely to be exposed to those pesticides
  • Analyze screening protocols including baseline testing, laboratory specifics, and follow up applicable to clinic sites ( this is a focus area when presenting to health care professionals)
  • Evaluate appropriate testing and follow up for acute exposures
  • Discuss roles and responsibilities in screening, prevention, and treatment of pesticide exposures.

Ergonomics: Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention: The Ergonomics programs are intended for workers and managers in production agriculture.  Participants will be able to identify hazards in the work area to include housekeeping policies, PPE, hazard identification, and fall prevention.  They can be designed to be audience specific. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

  • Be able to identify hazards in the work area
  • Be able to identify actions that can be integrated to prevent slips, trips, and falls
  • Have the opportunity to begin an action plan to diminish or eliminate workplace hazards that could result in injury
  • Know where to find resources to help in eliminating fall hazards
  • Know the resources to find the OSHA standards pertaining to slip, trip, and fall incidents
  • This program is a recommended companion to the Ergonomics: Prevention of Musculo-skeletal Injuries program.

Prevention of Farm-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries Related to Lifting, Twisting and Turning: The intended audience for this program includes workers, managers, and business owners in all aspects of production agriculture. Musculo-skeletal injuries are costly both in treatment and lost time expenses. They also affect the entire age continuum in all aspects of agriculture. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify work site issues that may result in disabling musculo-skeletal injuries
  • Understand the role of workplace wellness programs in preventing disabling and lost time incidents
  • Discuss ergonomic risk factors affecting various agricultural workforce populations
  • Identify opportunities for structural/physical changes in the workplace environment
  • This program is a recommended companion program to the Ergonomics: Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention program.

Developing Health Assessment and/or Wellness Programs for Small Agricultural Businesses: The Physical Assessment & Wellness Programs for Small Agricultural Businesses presentation is intended for owners, managers and supervisory persnnel.  It provides a brief overview of OSHA standards that need to be addressed, statistics on the value of Return on Investment, and some of the components of wellness and assessment programs. Upon conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify AgriSafe Network and OSHA health/wellness resources that are appropriate to production agriculture
  • Analyze the Return on Investment (ROI) and benefits of workplace wellness programs
  • Understand the role of workplace physical assessments, including pre-employment/post offer physicals
  • Consider what type and size of program would be appropriate for their business setting.

Confined Spaces of Grain Bin Entry: The Grain Safety program is intended for workers and managers in the grain industry. This includes grain elevators, farm operators and workers, grain haulers, and agriculture business owners. The major focus of the program is on safety in confined space work areas. It is presented by our partner staff at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

  • Be able to identify hazards associated with confined space work in the grain industry
  • Understand the process for confined space entry and lock out procedures
  • Be able to discuss the confined space housekeeping procedures involved in grain handling
  • Know where to look for OSHA references and resources related to confined space entry in the grain industry
  • This program works well as an adjunct to the Prevention of Grain Fires and Explosions program.

Prevention of Grain Storage Fires and Explosions: Prevention of Grain Dust Fires & Explosions is intended for fire and rescue personnel, grain industry workers and managers, as well as farmers and ranchers who harvest or store grain. It is presented by our partner staff at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize proper housekeeping maintenance for dust
  • Describe dust explosions and the dust deflagration process
  • Identify basic considerations used in potential dust hazard analysis
  • Describe prevention and mitigation techniques used to control combustible dust hazards
  • This program works well as an adjunct to the Grain Safety program.

Agricultural Chemical Safety:The Chemical Safety program is designed to provide participants with:

  • An understanding of the of the updated Hazard Communications Standard
  • The knowledge to differentiate between OSHA and EPA.
  • Information to help them select appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • A review of some of the commonly used chemicals in agriculture and precautions to take when using these products.