Problem: These weeds produce a LOT of seed
Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are dioecious species, with separate male and female plants. Female plants will bear the seed at end of the season, so populations will have a mix of plants with and without seed.
Objective: To be aware of the dangers of not using PTO shielding.
Use PTO shields on implements for demonstrating the points in this training lesson. Point out the shields on a tractor with power take-off. Ask workers to give examples of mishaps that can occur when shielding is not in place. Review the true or false quiz.
Objective: To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries.
Problems can arise from overexertion. On a flip chart, list guidelines and suggestions for proper handling. Describe jobs that might result in overexertion. Ask a worker to demonstrate appropriate lifting techniques. Cover some practical tips to avoid overexertion. Review the true or false quiz.
Objective: To be able to operate power lawn mowers according to safety guidelines.
Safe lawn mowing practices can save lives. Point out the safety devices on the mower. Discuss the importance of leaving shields and stops in place. Demonstrate PPE and lawn mower maintenance. Discuss various lawn mowing accidents and brainstorm about how these incidents could have been prevented. Review the true or false quiz.
Objective: To be able to launder pesticide-contaminated clothing according to safety guidelines.
Although personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn when working with pesticides, if clothing does become contaminated with pesticides, it must be laundered separately and properly. This also applies to reusable PPE. Review the true or false quiz.