The 8th Annual Ag Safety Day & WSDA Open Houses

The 8th Annual Ag Safety Day & WSDA Open Houses

The agriculture industry, while rewarding to be a part of, can also be one of the most hazardous of jobs. That’s why the Annual Agriculture Safety Day is now in it’s eighth year here in the state. Co-sponsored by the Department of Labor & Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board, the February 22nd event in Wenatchee will feature programs promoting workplace safety. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in workshops on forklift safety training, language barriers, ATV safety, electrical hazards, the top five injuries and associated hazards in agriculture and more. Marcy Harrington, manager of the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center talks about a couple of things that will be going on at this year’s Ag Safety Day.

HARRINGTON: We’re going to be sharing a new resource, a listening library of life changing injury stories. These are really compelling stories that we hope inspire people to stay safe. We also have a newly released guide that we developed in partnership with the tree fruit industry with supervisors, managers, owners, that we’re calling Practical Solutions For Pesticide Safety, so we hope to see people at Ag Safety Day.

For workshop information call 360-902-5446.

The WSDA will be holding open houses in February on its proposal to conduct biological insecticide treatments this spring to eradicate infestations of gypsy moth in Eatonville and Puyallup. WSDA staff will be on hand to answer questions. For more information visit the agency’s website.

I’m Lacy Gray and that’s Washington Ag Today on the Northwest Ag Information Network. 

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