Recent Updates

  1. Protecting Against Noise

    Objective: To know the effect of noise on hearing, and to practice proper protection against unsafe noise levels. Trainer’s Note
  2. Properly Cleaning and Storing Respirators

    Objective: To be able to clean and store respirators according to the presented guidelines. Trainer’s Note Using proper cleaning and storage practices ensures that respirators remain effective and uncontaminated. Present the following scenarios and discuss the storage practices. Review, demonstrate, and practice the proper cleaning and storage procedure.
  3. Septic Tank: Mound System

    Ohio has large areas of soils that are too shallow for typical septic tank-leach field systems, which require 36 inches of suitable soil before hitting a limiting layer. Limiting layers are bedrock, sand, and gravel, dense and compacted layers, and water tables. About 53 percent of soils in Ohio have limiting layers at shallow depths that do not provide the 36 inches of suitable soil, as shown in Figure 1. In these areas, mound systems are often used to remove pollutants from wastewater to protect the public health and the environment.
  4. Proper Use of Ladders

    Objective: To be able to demonstrate the safe use ladders that are used primarily for construction and/or maintenance jobs. Trainer’s Note Read through the entire module prior to beginning the training session. Have ladders available to demonstrate the information about ladder safety. Review the true or false quiz. Background
  5. Preventing Machine Hazards

    Objective: To reduce hazards and prevent accidents involving machinery. Trainer’s Note Have experienced workers assist in the training for this session. Use a common piece of equipment to briefly review the proper steps for checking a piece of machinery before operating it. Demonstrate maintenance procedures and operate equipment to show the hazard areas. Review the true or false quiz. Background
  6. Pesticide Protective Equipment

    Objective: To be able to choose the proper attire for pesticide application and assure cleanliness of personal protective equipment. Trainer’s Note
  7. First-aid Kits

    Objective: To gain familiarity with a first-aid kit. Trainer’s Note Review location and contents of the kit prior to session. Check for outdated and/or missing items. Acquaint employees with the location and contents of the kit. Ask employees to suggest additional kit items. Invite a health care professional to participate in this session. Review the true or false quiz.
  8. Traveling with 4-H Teens

    Traveling with young people can be a very rewarding experience. In order to be successful, chaperones must be prepared and understand proper policies and procedures. Additionally, chaperones must avoid generalizing to teen characteristics, understand the developmental needs of participants and think about how to create a youth-adult partnership throughout the experience (Curtis, 2015).
  9. Chock and Block

    Objective: To be able to secure a vehicle or piece of equipment using the proper chock and block method. Trainer’s Note To demonstrate the chock and block principles, have the training session in the farm shop or in the field. Give employees the opportunity to demonstrate how they would chock/block equipment if they were using it in the field or working on repairs in the shop. Review the true or false quiz.
  10. Why Do Septic Systems Malfunction? 

    A properly functioning septic system removes pollutants from wastewater, and with proper usage and maintenance, the system should work for decades, protecting public health and the environment. However, when a septic system malfunctions or fails, contamination can occur. Obvious signs that a septic system may not be operating properly include soft, smelly spots in the yard and sewage backing up into the home. Other failures are not always apparent, however, and can result in untreated wastewater contaminating streams, ditches, or groundwater.