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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 2019 and run through March 2020. Some trainings are conducted entirely in 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.

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

For an interactive summary of last year's ag seminar content, click here.

PPE and your respiratory program

Choosing the right PPE to use with your farm's respiratory protection program can sometimes be challenging. Dust masks, mist masks, respirators, and proper footwear and clothing, along with respirator fit testing and required training ... all these and more are addressed to provide for a safe and healthy workplace for your farm workers.

Staying on top of your work

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace, and account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles. This section covers legal requirements, best practices, and proper equipment selection when working off the ground, and gives you a leg up on keeping yourself safe on ladders, roofs, ledges, and other elevated surfaces.

Safety leadership for supervisors, trainers, and other leaders

Regardless of our position, we can each be a leader when it comes to adopting and growing the safety culture on the farm. We discuss various challenges that farms face while growing a safety culture, how to properly implement the safety culture for greater acceptance by those it impacts, and steps that can be taken to help guarantee its growth and success. The end goal is to provide a clear-cut defined action plan that will nurture a safe and healthy farm for your farm workers.

Analyze this...!

When injuries or near misses happen, are you doing everything you can to investigate the incident and learn from any mistakes that were made? This highly interactive session walks you through the elements of an effective incident analysis. It gives you the skills and knowledge to document relevant details, determine root causes, and develop action plans to ensure an isolated incident in your workplace does not become a pattern.

Eric Lloyd 

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

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

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

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.

Bandon

Central Point

Clackamas

Corvallis

Eugene

Hermiston

Hillsboro

Hood River

Klamath Falls

La Grande

Madras

Milton Freewater

Ontario

Salem

The Dalles

Wilsonville

Woodburn

Central Point

Eugene

Hermiston

Hillsboro

Hood River

Salem

The Dalles

Wilsonville

Woodburn

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