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Farm Bureau Launches Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training) for Youth

The American Farm Bureau has launched a new online youth safety course, Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training). The program was developed to help youth aged 14 to 17 think through and learn about avoiding common safety hazards on the farm and ranch.

“Safety on the farm and ranch is vital,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Young people are the future of agriculture and we’re pleased to provide them with tools to help them become grounded in skills that will serve them well throughout their careers.”   

The program and related materials focus on general safety, leadership and critical thinking skills applied to technical and agriculture-specific contexts. The training is available at no cost to anyone interested in learning about farm safety (Farm Bureau membership is not required for access). 

The program includes 10 modules that each take 10 minutes to complete and follow-up competency quizzes. A curriculum guide for classroom and workshop settings is available for download.

Click here for a description of the entire event.


New California Workplace Safety Standards for Nighttime Agricultural Workers

Click here to read Cressinda Schlag’s blog from JacksonLewis regarding the new regulation that took effect July 1st.


ASCHA recommends consulting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for public health information.

COVID-19 COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCES

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor on June 2 released joint interim guidance for agricultural workers and employers to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and to help lower the disease’s impact at agricultural worksites.

The interim guidance is targeted for agriculture workers – individuals working at farms, ranches, and other production agriculture work sites – and their employers, but includes a variety of recommendations that may be applied and/or adapted to other types of agricultural operations.

The guidance addresses numerous topics, including:

  • exposure risk among agriculture workers and employers;
  • creating a COVID-19 assessment and control plan;
  • screening and monitoring workers;
  • managing sick workers and addressing return to work after exposure to COVID-19;
  • cleaning, disinfection, and sanitation;
  • administrative controls;
  • personal protective equipment (PPE); and
  • special considerations for shared housing, transportation and children.

Click here for the full report.

Click here to view the Ag Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment & Control Plan.

Click the graphic above to view the webinar, click here to see the presentation slides.

State & Local List of Contacts for COVID-19

Employer & Front Line Supervisor Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Labor–Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA’s primary resource is the COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics Page. This page is being updated routinely and we encourage you to review it frequently. General guidance released and housed on this page includes:

Enforcement Memorandums: Eight (8) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

Department of Homeland Security:

U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

Occupational Safety & Health Administration:

Food and Drug Administration:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency-Coronavirus disease (COVID-19):  Information for industry