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Agricultural safety seminars


Agricultural safety seminars

Please join us for a series of free, comprehensive safety trainings designed specifically for the agriculture industry. To see dates and locations or to register, click on "English sessions" or "Spanish sessions" above. For additional information, please contact us at 800.285.8525.

Details for 2017-18
For over 20 years, thousands of farm owners, managers, and workers have attended SAIF's agricultural safety seminars, learning how to be safe in one of the most hazardous occupations. Held in 16 cities across the state, these free, half-day trainings will be held between October and March. Nine trainings will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Although the seminars are designed for owners, operators, supervisors, and foremen, anyone working in the agricultural industry or interested in the seminar content is welcome to attend. Small agricultural employers attending the seminar will meet one of the four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits. This ag seminar has been approved by the Department of Consumer and Business Services for four regular producer continuing education credit hours.

Topics include:

The big picture of ag safety and compliance
Preventing injuries and complying with OSHA are not exactly the same, but the two subjects definitely overlap and interact. We look at the major principles of safety, outline the primary OSHA requirements for safety programs, and review training requirements for Oregon agriculture.

All about drivelines, shear points, and pulleys
We review the common mechanical hazards with farm facilities and machinery, and present some best practices to avoid a bloody outcome or an expensive citation.

Ergonomics: making your work easier and safer
Strains and sprains are the number one injury for workers covered by SAIF, accounting for nearly 15,000 claims per year—40 percent of all claims, with costs totaling more than $90 million annually. We show you simple changes in the way you can reach, lift, carry, push, or pull using Safety In Motion®, a system proven to reduce injuries in Oregon and across the country. 

Soft skills for safety—leadership, communication, and culture 
A large percentage of injuries actually come from risk-taking behaviors and other human factors. Whether or not you're part of the management team, building skills in leadership and communication can drive a strong safety culture with better outcomes for everyone.

Seminar presenters

Lua Edmonson is a SAIF safety management consultant dedicated solely to agriculture. She is a certified claims examiner and has worked as a claims investigator. Lua grew up on a family farm in Idaho and graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Prior to SAIF, she spent 10 years at the Oregon Department of Justice.

Eric Lloyd is a safety consultant with Risk Management Resources, Inc. His exposure to safety and agriculture began at an early age, spending summers working on the family ranch in Idaho and watching his father provide training and consulting services to promote ag safety throughout Oregon. Eric earned a degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University, and served in law enforcement for several years until being drawn back to his roots and joining the family business in 2016.

Kirk Lloyd is president of Risk Management Resources, Inc. Kirk has worked in the farm safety field since 1988 and has managed his own consulting firm since 1996. His company provides consulting services and training seminars to help Northwest growers manage employees, improve safety results, and reduce exposure to Oregon OSHA compliance problems. Kirk earned a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Idaho.

Courtney Merriott is a SAIF safety management consultant who grew up in the Willamette Valley wine country. She spent many years working in food production with a focus on locally grown ingredients. While earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish foreign language and literature from Oregon State University, she travelled to Mexico and Ecuador. Prior to SAIF she spent two years living abroad and teaching in Spain.

Kevin White is the executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation. He also owns and operates a consulting company focused on helping businesses develop and implement a strategic vision. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in agriculture business, and he later transferred to Corban University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Kevin and his wife, Angelique, live on a small farm in central Oregon, raising orchard grass hay and Simmental cattle.

English sessions
Registration is required. Seating is limited. You will receive registration confirmation with the location address approximately one week prior to the seminar. To register, choose a session below and click on the date. To modify an existing reservation, please contact us at 800.285.8525.

If you don't see your city below, it's not because we don't love visiting you. It only means we don't have any seminars scheduled there this year.

BANDON
Thursday, March 1, 2018
"The Barn" Bandon's Conference & Community Ctr
1200 11th Street SW

CENTRAL POINT
Monday, February 5, 2018
Jackson County Expo and Fair
Mace Building
1 Peninger Road

CLACKAMAS (New time of year)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Avenue

CORVALLIS
Thursday, December 19, 2017
Benton County Fairgrounds
Guerber Hall
110 SW 53rd Street

EUGENE
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Lane Events Center
796 W 13th Avenue

HERMISTON
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Hermiston Conference Center
Great Room
415 S Hwy 395

HILLSBORO (New location)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Washington County Fair Complex
873 NE 34th Avenue

HOOD RIVER (New location)
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hood River County Fairgrounds
3020 Wyeast Road

KLAMATH FALLS
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Oregon Tech
Mt. Mazama/Mt. Scott room
3201 Campus Drive

La Grande
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Blue Mountain Conference Center
404 12th Street

MADRAS
Monday, November 6, 2017
Inn at Cross Keys Station
66 NW Cedar Street

ONTARIO
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Clarion Inn
1249 Tapadera Avenue

SALEM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW

THE DALLES
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Fort Dalles Readiness Center
402 E Scenic Drive

WILSONVILLE
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Clackamas Community College
Wilsonville Training Center
Room 111/112
29353 Town Center Loop East

WOODBURN
Monday, February 12, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Legacy Health (formerly Silverton Health)
Wellspring Conference Center
1475 Mt. Hood Avenue

Spanish sessions
Registration is required. Seating is limited. You will receive registration confirmation with the location address approximately one week prior to the seminar. To register, choose a session below and click and click on the date. To modify an existing reservation, please contact us at 800.285.8525.

If you don't see your city below, it's not because we don't love visiting you. It only means we don't have any seminars scheduled there this year.

CENTRAL POINT
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 
Jackson County Expo and Fair
Mace Building
1 Peninger Road

HERMISTON 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hermiston Conference Center
Great Room
415 S Hwy 395

HILLSBORO (New location)
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Washington County
Fair Complex
873 NE 34th Avenue

HOOD RIVER (New location)
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hood River County Fairgrounds
3020 Wyeast Road

KLAMATH FALLS
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Oregon Tech
Mt. Mazama/Mt. Scott room
3201 Campus Drive

SALEM
Thursday, February 22, 2018 
Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW

THE DALLES
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
Fort Dalles Readiness Center
402 E Scenic Drive

WILSONVILLE
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Clackamas Community College
Wilsonville Training Center
Room 111/112
29353 Town Center Loop East

WOODBURN
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Legacy Health (formerly Silverton Health)
Wellspring Conference Center
1475 Mt. Hood Avenue