Agricultural safety seminars

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

SAIF will also offer ag seminar content via webinar on March 12, 14, 19, and 21. If participants are seeking to meet one of the requirements for an exemption from random OSHA inspections, they will need to watch on all four webinar days. Register for the webinars here.

We appreciate your interest in ag safety! 

For more than 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 several cities across the state, these free, half-day trainings will begin in October 2018 and run through March 2019. Several trainings will be 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 a seminar will meet one of the four requirements that exempt small ag operations from random OSHA inspections.

Here are this year's topics:

Conscious decisions mean safer work   
Have you ever done something that made people say, "What were you thinking?" Can you recall an in-the-moment choice that affected someone's safety? This session will discuss ways to retrain our brains to make conscious decisions that influence safety, time, money, and resources on your farm. 

Getting new employees on board for safety    
In today's competitive job market, it's imperative that you train and retain quality employees. This session will provide you with best practices and easy-to-use tools to make your onboarding process successful. These resources will help new employees be safe and productive while creating a strong safety culture in the workplace. If your preference is to use a farm labor contractor, we will review ways to ensure that contractor has the knowledge necessary to stay safe at your jobsite.    

Chemical safety in agriculture  
We all use chemicals, but are we using them safely and complying with OSHA rules? We will review common chemical uses, present best practices, and discuss tips and tools for getting the job done safely. We will also review OSHA rules and recent changes that affect the agriculture industry. 

Fields to freeways: Driving safety on and off the farm   
From the moment we leave our house in the morning until the moment we arrive home at the end of the day, many of us spend significant time behind the wheel of vehicles and equipment of all shapes and sizes. We will cover legal requirements, best practices, and risk management principles to ensure we and our coworkers arrive at our destination in one piece, whether they are operating an ATV, UTV, pickup, tractor, combine, or anything in between.  

From picking berries in the fields in the summer time to raising sheep on the family farm, our agricultural safety seminar presenters come from diverse agricultural backgrounds. Their expertise and perspectives are as unique as the topics they discuss, but they all have one thing in common: they're passionate about worker safety. Each presentation takes a fresh look at ways to keep workers safe and healthy and offers resources and best practices that will directly impact your business. The seminar presenters vary by location-a complete list can be found on

Courtney MerriottCourtney 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.  

Kevin WhiteKevin White is the executive vice president of Oregon for Title Management. He is the former executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation and previously owned and operated 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, reside in central Oregon where they have a small farm raising orchard grass hay and Simmental cattle.   

Eric LloydEric Lloyd is a safety consultant with Risk Management Resources, 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.

Edgard Garcia RamirezEdgard 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 fulltime translator in 2014.  

David HansonDavid Hanson is a SAIF senior safety management consultant and provides service to Oregon businesses. He has expertise in building dynamic safety teams and developing high-performing safety cultures. He spent 18 years at Timber Products Company as a supervisor and safety coordinator and facilitated continued certification into Oregon OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). He has a degree from the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University in forestry: wood products. David has a background in industrial safety and has organized efforts to improve ergonomics in the workplace. David was recognized for his efforts in safety and health at the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference in 2013.     

Reva HartensteinReva Hartenstein is a senior safety management consultant living and working in Northeastern Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in agricultural science and Spanish. Before joining SAIF she worked for the National FFA Organization as a leadership conference facilitator in Washington DC. As a safety consultant for SAIF, Reva works alongside farmers and ranchers, supporting them in their efforts to prevent injuries and create thriving safety cultures.   

Naomi HernandezNaomi Hernandez is a SAIF senior safety management consultant in the Eugene area. She travels all over the state to provide safety consultative services and trainings in Spanish, and services a diverse book of over 120 businesses. She grew up mostly in the Willamette Valley, where she worked alongside her family in the farm fields of Canby, picking cucumbers and berries.  Naomi is also a certified claims examiner and has worked as a claims investigator.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish. Prior to SAIF, she was in the Army.  

Chelsea ImdiekeChelsea Imdieke is a safety consultant at SAIF. She grew up on her family's farm where they grow shiitake mushrooms and raise sheep. Chelsea earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Oregon State University and a minor in leadership from OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. She spent her summers during college working at a fish processing plant in Alaska. Chelsea resides in the valley where she continues to help on her family's farm. Chelsea works on the safety services team, consulting primarily with small businesses around the state.   

Ashley SullivanAshley Sullivan has been a safety consultant at SAIF since 2013, working with small businesses across all industries. Her passion for agriculture comes from her family farm in Keizer where she grew up helping her father in the orchards. Prior to working at SAIF, she earned a degree from Oregon State University in environmental science with a focus in environment, safety, and health. While at OSU, Ashley worked for Oregon Department of Agriculture in the Native Plant Conservation Program. She still lives near her family's farm and enjoys working alongside farms and nurseries to help improve their safety efforts.  


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