Recent Updates

  1. Mold Has Grown on Your Food: What Should You Do?

    Foodborne diseases are caused by pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Mold and yeast are generally considered spoilage organisms as they cause undesirable changes to the appearance, texture, smell, and taste of the product. However, some instances of mold growth on food represent food safety threats. Determining the difference between when food with mold growth should be discarded, or when the damaged portion can be removed and the rest of the food consumed, is the challenge.
  2. Growing Muskmelons in the Garden

    Muskmelons originated in the hot valleys of southwest Asia and today there are numerous botanical varieties of muskmelons including: netted melons, cantaloupe melons, winter (casaba) melons, snake or serpent melons, and mango or lemon melons. Technically, cantaloupes are only those muskmelons with a rough, warty surface and a hard rind; however, the name cantaloupe has been applied to the varieties of muskmelons with a netted pattern on the melon surface.
  3. Safe Use of Hand-Held Tools for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Use hand-held tools safely. Trainer’s Note Workers must understand the proper use of hand-held tools to avoid injuries. For this module:
  4. Safe Use of Flammable Liquids for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Use flammable liquids in a safe manner. Trainer’s Note Flammable liquids must be safely handled to prevent fires. For this module:
  5. Safe Use of Hand Pallet Trucks and Electric Carts

    Objective: Use hand pallet trucks and electric carts safely in the workplace. Trainer’s Note Hand pallet trucks and electric carts make moving materials easy. But they need to be used safely to avoid injuries. For this module:
  6. Safe Operation of Portable Circular Power Saws for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Use portable circular power saws safely. Trainer’s Note Portable circular power saws are powerful but dangerous tools. For this module:
  7. Rotary Lawn and Brush Mower Safety for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify hazards associated with rotary mowers and methods for reducing those hazards. Trainer’s Note Rotary mowers include sit-down mowers and towed mowers. A rotary mower is a useful piece of equipment to landscapers, but misuse can be deadly. For this module:
  8. Rollovers and Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Describe the risk of tractor rollovers and effective means to avoid rollovers and minimize rollover injuries. Trainer’s Note Tractor rollovers are a critical danger for many landscaping and horticultural services workers. For this module:
  9. Respirator Fit for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Wear the correct respirator for the job and make sure it fits properly. Trainer’s Note Many daily jobs require the use of respirators to protect workers’ lungs. For this module:
  10. Repetitive Motion for Trainers and Supervisors

    Objective: Identify the potential for injury in tasks requiring repetitive motion. Trainer’s Note Repetitive motion can cause injuries from annoying to debilitating. For this module: