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Agricultural safety workshops scheduled

Herald and News 2/16/06
An agricultural safety seminar by SAIF Corporation for Oregon agricultural employers will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Oregon State University Extension office.
   Registration is at 9 a.m. and the seminar is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required.
   The free four-hour seminar is designed primarily for owners, operators, supervisors and foremen, but anyone working in the agricultural industry is welcome to attend. Small-scale employers attending the seminar will meet one of four instructional requirements for House Bill 3019 that exempts small agricultural establishments from random Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections.
   Feature speaker Kirk Lloyd, president of Risk Management Resources, Inc., will talk about safety and compliance for farm vehicles, as well as how to effectively communicate safety to farm employees.
   Topics to be discussed include:
   Farm Vehicle Safety and Compliance: This session will focus on preventing injuries and reducing exposures while using farm transportation. It also will review OSHA regulations.
   Communicating Safety to Farm Employees.
   Drug Awareness: Representatives from Oregonís Drug Evaluation and Classification Program will examine substance abuse issues within the industry and community and provide information on drug identification and impairment.
   Because pesticide related injuries are so rare in Oregon, this yearís seminar series will not focus on pesticide-related exposures and hazards. As a result, applicator license credits will not be available with this yearís seminar.
   Early registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, or for more information, call SAIF at (800)-285-8525 or visit SAIFís Web site at www.saif.com.



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