Recent Updates

  1. Spray Irrigation of Reclaimed Wastewater for Rural Homes

    Septic systems require deep permeable soil of at least 36 inches to treat and safely disperse wastewater onsite. However, in almost 85 percent of Ohio’s land area, the soil is too shallow to seasonal water tables or other limiting conditions. One option for many rural areas is to first treat the wastewater, disinfect it, and then irrigate lawn and landscaping on the lot.
  2. Calculating Cation Exchange Capacity, Base Saturation, and Calcium Saturation

    The purpose of this fact sheet is to define soil cation exchange capacity, base saturation and calcium saturation, and demonstrate how these values are calculated in soil test reports.
  3. Pigweed Identification Guide

    A number of pigweed species are found in Ohio. These species can become very problematic and reduce crop yields. Pigweed identification can be difficult, especially at the seedling stage of growth. This guide will help in making a correct identification based on typical pigweed characteristics.
  4. Septic Tank: Soil Treatment System

    Homes not served by a public sewer must treat and disperse wastewater on the lot. Septic tanks with soil treatment systems (also known as leach fields) are a common onsite system. The septic tank removes most settable and floatable solids from the wastewater to protect the soil from clogging. The soil under the pipes buried in the yard filter out pollutants and pathogens to treat the wastewater before moving into groundwater or surface water.  
  5. Rotary Agricultural Mower Safety

    Objective: To understand hazards associated with rotary mowers and methods for reducing those hazards. Trainer’s Note
  6. Restricted-Entry Intervals (REI)

    Objective: To observe and know why it is important to observe restricted-entry intervals. Trainer’s Note
  7. Respiratory Diseases

    Objective: To know the symptoms of respiratory diseases, and how to take actions to prevent these diseases. Trainer’s Note
  8. Respirator Protection and Fit

    Objective: To wear the correct respirator for the job and make sure it fits properly. Trainer’s Note There are many daily jobs that require the use of respirators to protect your lungs. It is important to use the respirators correctly to receive their full benefit. Have respirators on hand to try on for fit and to show the different types. Review the true or false quiz.
  9. Repetitive Motion

    Objective: To be able to identify the potential for injury in tasks requiring repetitive motion. Trainer’s Note Eliminating repetitive motion injuries requires adapting work activities. Alert workers to the warning signs of potential problems. Discuss how to avoid or correct problems. Review the true or false quiz.
  10. Port Authorities as an Economic Development Tool for Local Government

    Port authorities can be useful economic development tools for local governments. With a wide range of powers provided by Section 4582 of the Revised Code of the State of Ohio, port authorities can own land, set fees, and levy taxes. They are usually self-sustaining and often operate railroads, airports, or shipping terminals, but can support a breadth of community and economic development goals. Local governments frequently establish port authorities to promote or support economic development.