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Farm safety course in March

RIVER FALLS--The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) will offer a Dairy Farm Safety Short Course to dairy producers at the Government Center in Durand on Thursdays, March 21 and 28.

The CDFS 10-hour short course is a comprehensive program covering:

--"Best Practice" protocols for the dairy farm;

--The Dairy Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and what it means for producers;

--Hazard identification and risk assessment;

--Chemical inventories and labeling;

--Components of an effective safety and health program;

--Hazards when working with animals, in farm structures, as well as with tractors and machinery;

--Employee training requirements;

--OSHA Agriculture Standards.

The Center for Dairy Farm Safety was established through a Susan Harwood OSHA grant and the safety training materials were developed through collaboration by UW-River Falls and UW-Extension. The program curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In addition to complete course materials, participants will receive templates and tools that can be applied to their dairy farm to assist in building best practices for an effective health and safety program.

For registration information, visit

Farm Safety or call 715-425-3240. The short course will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. over a two-day period. All course materials and lunch are provided for a $15 registration fee.