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Field and Farm Safety

Training for Worker Protection, Hazard Communication (HazCom), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Machine Shop Safety.

Farm Managers: Upon your employees first day of employment you need to meet the following safety requirements. All employees need to have the minimum trainings.

Worker Protection

Worker Protection Standard training is instruction on the safety precautions to be used when working with pesticides and in treated areas.  This course is required annually under the Pesticide Management Program for any employee who applies pesticides or works or conducts research at an agricultural facility where pesticides are applied and who does not have a Pesticide Applicators License.  The training format is a 30 min video shown in the classroom in the presence of a Certified Pesticide Applicator, plus the acknowledgement of worker training documentation.

Sign up to watch the Worker Protection Training Video

Worker Protection Standard - Acknowledgment of Worker Training Document

There will be a yearly refresher workshop at the College's Annual Ag Safety Training.

Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)

HazCom training is required for all employees who utilize hazardous chemical. HazCom training is a two-step process at the University. The first step is the completion of online training which provides an overview of HazCom requirements. This must be followed by training which is specific to the work area and provided by a designated individual within the work group.

Non-Labs

Part 1 - Online course available via EHS web site.

University Park:

  1. Provide Tony Cygan, Occupational Safety Program Manager, ajc28@psu.edu with the names and PSU emails of the employees who need to take this training.  A username and password must be created before access to the course is granted. 
  2. Once the username and password has been provided by Tony, go to the Environmental Health and Safety web site
  3. Click on the “Training Courses and Registration” link located in the upper right hand corner.
  4. Click on the “EHS Online Course Registration” link.
  5. Log in using the University Access Account ID and password.
  6. Click on the “Courses” tab.
  7. Select the “Hazard Communication (HazCom)” heading.
  8. Click the course titled “Hazard Communication (HazCom) – General HazCom Training – Online – NON LABS”.
  9. Read the instructions provided.  Be sure to click the “Complete” link at the bottom of the page prior to starting the course.
  10. Click on the “Training Course Login” link to begin the online course.  Log in using the username and password provided by Tony Cygan.  Complete all modules of the training course.

Part 2  - “Work Group Specific HazCom Training” conducted by a designated person in the work group.

University Park:

Individuals who will be responsible for providing this training (i.e. supervisors) within your work group must be identified.  These individuals will need to attend a “train the trainer” class conducted by EHS.  This class will provide attendees with the information and tools they need to provide the HazCom specific training to their employees.

Registering for the “train the trainer” class can be completed by taking the following steps:

  1. Go to the Environmental Health and Safety web site
  2. Click on the “Training Courses and Registration” link located in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click on the “EHS Online Course Registration” link.
  4. Log in using the University Access Account ID and password.
  5. Click on the “Courses” tab.
  6. Select the “Hazard Communication (HazCom)” heading.
  7. Click the course titled “Hazard Communication (HazCom)– SUPERVISOR TRAINING – University Park Locations”.
  8. Choose the date and time to attend a class.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Work units which utilize PPE must implement a PPE Program (.docx) for their employees. Training must be documented on PPE Training Certification Form.

Supervisors are required to take the PPE – Non Labs – Supervisor Training.  This course is a one-time required training under the PSU Personal Protective Equipment Program intended for supervisors of employees who utilize personal protective equipment (PPE). Conducting hazard assessments to determine appropriate PPE and how to provide PPE training to employees is covered.  Contact Tony Cygan with EHS at 865-6391 to set up your training.

Machine Shop Safety

The purpose of the Machine Shop Safety Program (.docx) is to prevent injuries which may occur in a shop environment. The information included in this document shall be used by supervisors to create a shop safety program.

Please look at the Environmental Health and Safety Course List to see other trainings that may be needed in your respective areas.