The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) is offering a Dairy Farm Safety Short Course to local dairy producers this winter at a variety of extension offices throughout the state.
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 program curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Occupational Safety & 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.
Course Locations and Dates:
Clark County; Neillsville, Extension Office: Jan. 8 & 15
Shawano/Outagamie Counties; Shawano Extension Office: Jan. 17 & 24
Sauk County; Baraboo – Foremost Farms Jan. 30 & Feb. 6
Kewaunee/Brown Counties; Luxemberg, at the Rendezvous: Jan. 22 & 29
Dane County, Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection office, Madison: Feb. 27 & March 6
Winona County; St Charles, St Charles Community Center: Jan. 10 & 17
Stearns County; St Cloud, Midtown Center: Feb. 12 & 19
Otter Tail County; Fergus Falls, Government Services Building: Feb. 13 & 20
Polk County; McIntosh, McIntosh Community Center: Feb. 14 & 21
Pipestone County; Pipestone, Pipestone County EMS: March 12 & 13
For registration information, visit www.uwrf.edu/CenterForDairyFarmSafety/ 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.