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Agricultural safety seminars

We appreciate your interest in ag safety. Registration for our seminars is now open.

For more than 25 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 several cities across the state, these free, half-day trainings will begin in October 2022 and run through March 2023. Some trainings are conducted entirely in Spanish. SAIF will also offer webinars in English and Spanish.

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

The Landscape Contractors Board has approved the seminar for three hours of technical and one hour of business continuing education credits. The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the ag seminar for four regular producer continuing education credit hours.

Be sure to check out the helpful materials on our ag safety page.

To register: Choose the English or Spanish tab below and click on the date of the seminar you would like to attend. 

Ag Hacks 3.0 – the saga continues…

Ag Hacks and Ag MythBusters returns for its third year due to your repeated requests for more.  For the past two years we’ve presented various ag hacks that provide simple and safe innovative solutions whose aim is to save you time as well as streamline various work processes on your farm. Are you interested in seeing more?  Buckle up for Ag Hacks 3.0!

Coexisting with Agricultural Chemicals

For many of us, pesticides and other chemicals are a fact of life. They help us grow bigger, healthier crops, increase our yields, and cultivate products that might otherwise not be viable. But if handled improperly, chemicals on our farms can pose significant health hazards and financial liabilities. This hour will focus on tips, tricks and best practices in the ever-evolving topic of chemical handling, application and storage.

Juggling the heat and the effects of OSHA’s new Heat Rule

This hour we’ll focus on how to understand, navigate, implement, and comply with the requirements of the newly revised (and permanent) 2022 heat rule.  The heat rule addresses access to shade and cool water, preventive cool-down breaks, as well as prevention plans, information, and training.  Also, want to keep farm workers cool before the sun even heats them up?  Stay tuned as we revisit last year’s FlexiFreeze Ice Vest and the important results that we discovered from its use! 

First Responders on the Farm

Recent events have served as a powerful reminder that in the event of an emergency, we need to take efforts not only to protect ourselves and our employees from hazards, but also the first responders we rely on to help us through those emergencies. This hour will focus on ways we can mitigate and minimize the potential for additional injuries in the event of a critical incident, and how to identify and communicate to first responders the hazards that may be present on our farms and businesses.

Eric Lloyd (English Sessions)

is a safety consultant with Oregon Risk Management Solutions, Inc. His exposure to safety and agriculture began at an early age, when he spent 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.

Wes Koester (English Sessions)

is a SAIF senior safety management consultant living and working in the Willamette Valley area. He grew up working in his family's farm and nursery business in Riddle, Oregon. Wes graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Over the past five years, he's helped both farms and businesses with their overall safety compliance by providing over 1,100 on-site walk-through inspections to proactively assist them with their safety needs.

Edgard García-Ramírez (Spanish Sessions)

is a native of Nicaragua. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lewis & Clark College in Hispanic studies and Spanish literature and is a member of the Board of Alumni of the college. Edgard has been a Spanish presenter for the seminars since 2003. He joined SAIF as a full-time translator in 2014.

Courtney Merriott (Spanish Sessions)

is a SAIF senior safety management consultant who grew up in 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.

Omar DeMarco (Spanish Sessions)

is a bilingual SAIF safety consultant. He is new to the world of occupational safety, having spent the eight years before coming to SAIF as a police officer, and before that he was an elementary school teacher. Omar earned a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in psychology and a master's degree from Willamette University in teaching. He's excited to be joining the annual Ag Seminars. 

Bandon, Oregon

Monday, February 27, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"The Barn" Conference and Community Center
555 Highway 101
Bandon, Oregon 97411
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Boring, Oregon

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Hood Center
29450 SE Lariat Lane
Boring, Oregon 97009
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Central Point, Oregon

Monday, January 30, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Jackson County Expo - Mace Building
1 Peninger Road
Central Point, Oregon 97502
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Corvallis, Oregon

Wednesday, November 30, 2022  
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds - Guerber Hall
110 SW 53rd Street
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
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Eugene, Oregon

Tuesday, December 6, 2022  
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lane Events Center
796 West 13th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402
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Hermiston, Oregon

Tuesday, January 10, 2023  
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hermiston Community Center
415 South Hwy 395
Hermiston, Oregon 97838
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Hillsboro, Oregon

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Westside Commons at Washington County Fair Complex
801 NE 34th Ave
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
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Hood River, Oregon

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hood River County Fairgrounds
3020 Wyeast Road
Hood River, Oregon 97031
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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hood River County Fairgrounds
3020 Wyeast Road
Hood River, Oregon 97031
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Klamath Falls, Oregon

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Klamath County Fairgrounds - Exhibit Hall #2
3531 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603
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La Grande, Oregon

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
La Grande Armory Conference Center
404 12th Avenue
La Grande, Oregon 97850
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Madras, Oregon

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Inn at Cross Keys Station
66 NW Cedar Street
Madras, Oregon 97741
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Milton-Freewater, Oregon

Thursday, October 27, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Milton-Freewater Community Building
109 NE 5th Avenue
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862
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Mt. Angel, Oregon

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Angel Community Festhalle
500 S. Wilco Highway
Mt. Angel, Oregon 97362
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Thursday, March 2, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mt. Angel Community Festhalle
500 S. Wilco Highway
Mt. Angel, Oregon 97362
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Ontario, Oregon

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. [Mountain Time]
Clarion Inn
1249 Tapadera Avenue
Ontario, Oregon 97914 
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Salem, Oregon

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Oregon State Fair Expo Center - Cascade Hall
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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Monday, January 23, 2023  
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Oregon State Fair Expo Center - Cascade Hall
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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The Dalles, Oregon

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
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Wilsonville, Oregon

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Clackamas Community College - Wilsonville Training Center - Rm 108B
29353 Town Center Loop East
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
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Central Point, Oregon

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Jackson County Expo - Mace Building
1 Peninger Road
Central Point, Oregon 97502
Register

Hermiston, Oregon

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Hermiston Community Center
415 South Hwy 395
Hermiston, Oregon 97838
Register

Hillsboro, Oregon

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Westside Commons at Washington County Fair Complex
801 NE 34th Ave
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
Register

Hood River, Oregon

Thursday, February 16, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Hood River County Fairgrounds
3020 Wyeast Road
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Register

Madras, Oregon

Thursday, March 16, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Inn at Cross Keys Station
66 NW Cedar Street
Madras, Oregon 97741
Register

Mt. Angel, Oregon

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Mt. Angel Community Festhalle
500 S. Wilco Highway
Mt. Angel, Oregon 97362
Register

Salem, Oregon

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Oregon State Fair Expo Center - Cascade Hall
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Register

The Dalles, Oregon 

Thursday, January 26, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Register

Wilsonville, Oregon

Thursday, February 23, 2023
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Clackamas Community College - Wilsonville Training Center - Rm 108B
29353 Town Center Loop East
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Register

 

Webinars

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (English)
Part 1
First Hour: Ag Hacks 3.0 | The saga continues...
Second Hour: Coexisting with agricultural chemicals
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Thursday, December 8, 2022 (English)
Part 2
First Hour: Juggling the heat and the effects of OSHA's new heat rule
Second Hour: First responders on the farm
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Register

Monday, March 20, 2023 (English)
Part 1
Hour One: Ag Hacks 3.0 | The saga continues...
Hour Two: Coexisting with agricultural chemicals
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Register

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (English)
Part 2
Hour One: Juggling the heat and the effects of OSHA's new heat rule
Hour Two: First responders on the farm
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Register

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 (Spanish)
Part 1
Hour One: Ag Hacks 3.0 | The saga continues...
Hour Two: Coexisting with agricultural chemicals
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Register

Thursday, March 23, 2023 (Spanish)
Part 2
Hour One: Juggling the heat and the effects of OSHA's new heat rule
Hour Two: First responders on the farm
8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Register

 


2021-2022 ag safety seminar resources

The book: SAIF agricultural safety seminars 2021-2022 book | Spanish book

Recorded Sessions:

English Ag seminar – day 1
English Ag  seminar - day 2

Spanish Ag seminar – day 1
Spanish Ag seminar - day 2

Using communication skills on the family farm

Communication: the bedrock of leadership: English | Spanish
Challenging conversations: a strategy for tough talks: English | Spanish 
Supportive supervision: techniques for being a great leader: English | Spanish

Every farmer is a firefighter

Fire extinguisher safety | Safety talk
Fire extinguisher P.A.S.S. method poster
Air quality in your area

Oregon OSHA rules on wildfire smoke
Rulemaking to Protect Employees from Unhealthy Levels of Wildfire Smoke 

Defensible space zones
English: Defensible Space - Ready for Wildfire | Spanish: Espacio Defendible - Ready for Wildfire

Video resources
English: Farm shop safety: Improving your odds | Spanish 

Tractor safety elements
English: Farm Safety Education & Tractor Safety Tips | SAIF | Spanish

Ag hacks 2.0...and introducing ag myth busters! 

Heat illness prevention temporary rule - key requirements | Spanish
Irrigation safety | Spanish
Heat stress resources from Oregon OSHA 

Additional resources and cool tools

Hay bale safety: Guide | Spanish
Hay bale safety: Safety talk | Spanish
Branding safety checklist: Guide | Spanish
Branding safety: Safety talk | Spanish
Livestock vaccination and shot safety: Guide | Spanish
Livestock vaccination and shot safety: Safety talk | Spanish
Pesticide safety: Guide | Spanish
Pesticide safety: Safety talk | Spanish
Off-road UTV safety: Guide | Spanish
Off-road UTV safety: Safety talk | Spanish
Supportive supervision | Spanish

How to build a low-cost air filter | Spanish 
Easy-on wireless taillights 
Flexi-Freeze Ice Vest 
DefendMe/AlertMe 
Kestrel Drop 

After the ambulance leaves

Resources from last year

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