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2024 Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Agriculture Safety – Looking at safety from the start to the end (Basic)

Richard Mahaney, Mahaney Loss Control Services

This presentation will briefly look at safety from the farm to the final industry that handles the crops into food. How many chances are there to get workers hurt as we look at the concept of “farm to table”! Employees of all ages, doing dangerous activities (we call work), what are the hazards, and are the same hazards reoccurring as the food moves along from the start to the end.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Agricultural Injuries and Fatalities (Basic)

Laurel Harduar Morano, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Michigan State University.

The agricultural industry in Michigan has one of the highest industry fatality rates.  Between 2015 and 2021 there were over 4,500 farm-related injuries to individuals of all ages.  This presentation will discuss the most common types of fatal and non-fatal injuries; describing who gets injured, where the injuries occur, and how the injuries may be prevented.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Being Compliant While Using Pesticides with MDARD (Basic)

Lauren Gott, Pesticide Certification Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Learn about the basic principles of using pesticides. Topics include what is a pesticide, the label is the law, a brief introduction to integrated pest management, and certification requirements.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Heat Stress: The other unseen hazard that can kill-OSHA National Emphasis Program & Elements (Intermediate)

Phil Weinstein, MS, CSP, Weinstein Safety Consulting

Temperature extremes continue to injury and kill employees.  This program will cover the MIOSHA Emphasis Program, current technologies and best practices.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Who’s My Regulator? What do I do when they show up at my workplace? (Basic)

Beverlie Cote, Risk Advisor, Hylant.

This session will include a regulatory review of agencies and organizations that regulate workplaces and activities in Michigan.  It will include understanding the differences between the different agencies and their scope including EGLE, MIOSHA, Health Department, Fire Marshall, Building Department, Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police, Local Emergency Agencies, Local Emergency Planning Committee and more!

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
GMP Cert for Cannabis – The “New” Growing Industry (Basic-Intermediate)

Sandra Sheils, The Safety Equation, LLC.

The speaker will focus on Respirable Hazards/OCC. She will also discuss asthma and the fatality cases in Cannabis in MA and IL as it relates.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
The Top 5 OSHA Training Topics in Food & Agriculture and How they Relate to Ag Stuff that can Kill You (Basic)

Cindy Pauley, COSS, COHC, EHS Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

What do Ag workers, or workers dealing with Ag product in manufacturing, need to know to stay safe on the job?  Join us for this overview of OSHA’sTop 5 Training Topcis and how these topics relate to hazards in the agricultural industry.

Division Members

Beverlie Cote, CSP


Craig Anderson

Michigan Farm Bureau

Mary Carper, CSP

Zeeland Farm Services Inc.

Mary Carper, CSP

Zeeland Farm Services Inc.

Tom Piepkow

Farm Bureau Insurance

Phil Weinstein, MS, CSP

Weinstein Safety Consulting