Protecting Young Adults in the Agricultural Workforce

 In 2014, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 253,000 young workers between the ages of 16 and 24 worked in agriculture. Young workers who live and work on farms are also exposed to potentially dangerous farm-related hazards. Farm operators who hire youth to work on their farm should be aware of all applicable childRead More

Respiratory Protection Program Adapted to Grain Handling Operations

The OSHA respiratory standard requires a written respiratory protection program for situations in which permissible exposure levels (PELs) of airborne contaminants could be exceeded or when the employer requires use of respirators by workers. This training will assist agriculture-based employers who require respirator use to comply with the OSHA respiratory protection program standard. Training includesRead More

Respiratory Protection Program Overview in COVID-19 and Beyond

Summary: Many COVID-19 related US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations have been issued for missing key elements of a respiratory protection program. This session will cover the requirements of OSHA’s respiratory protection program, 29 CFR 1910.134, with emphasis on key areas noted in the COVID-19 citations and related temporary enforcement guidance; the differencesRead More

New Technologies: Working Safely in a COVID-19 World in Agriculture & Food/Beverage Industry

Summary: The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published updated guidelines to help agricultural employers protect unvaccinated workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines for unvaccinated workers continue to include social distancing and masking requirements in certain situations. Social distancing and mask requirementsRead More