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AgSafety4u Online Course

Man in safety gear working with pesticides. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

Even as farming becomes more sophisticated, the same safety problems persist—tractor rollovers, rotating mechanical parts, and other dangers. Penn State Extension instructors have launched a new online course, AgSafety4u, to help ensure that agricultural workers stay safe.

Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the course covers six modules dealing with subjects ranging from equipment basics to farm hazards and materials handling.

The cost is $50.00 per person. Some insurance companies are requesting that farmers—and other ag workers being insured—show proof of safety training.

The online training can also be a replacement for the book/classroom part of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP), but the hands-on part of that training program still needs to be completed for the NSTMOP certificate of completion.

After completing each module, the participant must pass an online quiz by correctly answering a minimum of seven out of ten questions before continuing on to the next module.

Registration for AgSafety4u is available online at extension.org.