Three tractors in a farmer's field

Agricultural Worker Safety Training Day

On Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 the University of Florida will host the Agricultural Worker Safety Training Day at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds. With seminars from 8:00am through noon followed by a catered lunch with the immensely popular Tractor Rodeo & Citrus Pest & Disease ID contests starting at 1:00pm. Seminar topics include food safety, personal hygiene, ladder and tractor safety, worker protection standards (WPS), personal protective equipment (PPE), fire safety, heat stress, first aid and pesticide spill control. Continuing education units (CEU’s) have been awarded by FDACS for pesticide license holders for the following:

  • 3-487 CORE
  • 3-482 CORE
  • 1-Private Applicator

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous occupations for farmers, family members and farmworkers. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) there were over 2 million full-time and 1.4 to 2.1 million hired agricultural workers employed on U.S. farms in 2017. Every day, over 100 workers suffer an injury that results in lost work-time costing millions of dollars for workers, employers and consumers. In order to help reduce these losses, each year the University of Florida (UF) Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) hosts the Agricultural Worker Safety Training Day for the Indian River Growing region in early January.

Agricultural workers, mostly working in the citrus industry, attend seminars during which speakers share the latest safety standards to help avoid accidents, pesticide exposure and fresh product contamination. This annual bilingual training is designed to help employees work safely to prevent accidents, operate equipment in a mindful manner, be aware of their surroundings to avoid dangerous situations and to satisfy necessary training requirements for WPS, food safety and personal hygiene. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event is organized by UF/IFAS Indian River and St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Services and the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center Citrus Horticulture Lab. Special sponsors are ICL Specialty Fertilizers, Everglades Farm Equipment Company and Natalie’s  Juice Company.