January 22, 2018
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Agriculture safety conference coming in Feb. to Yakima and Wenatchee

For the second year in a row, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will hold its annual Agriculture Safety Day in two different locations. Both events in Eastern Washington will be held next month, in Wenatchee and Yakima.

This year’s meetings feature special training on drug recognition in the workplace, irrigation and trenching hazards, ladder safety, community trauma care and more. Many of the workshops are in both English and Spanish. There’ll be several classes on pesticide training, where participants can earn pesticide license recertification credits. Health and safety exhibitors will also be there with educational booths, product displays and demonstrations.

The Feb. 7 conference is at the Yakima Convention Center (register here), and the Feb. 28 event is at the Wenatchee Convention Center (register here). Registration is open now for both.

Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state, with one of the highest injury rates, so a focus on prevention is good for workers and makes good business sense, L&I representatives said about the event.

“Safety and health training helps prevent injuries and can save lives,” said Rebecca Llewellyn, L&I conference manager. The one-day trainings promote workplace safety and health and are specifically geared to hazards that agriculture employers and workers say are the most important. The events are co-sponsored by L&I and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Llewellyn at 1-888-451-2004 or info@wagovconf.org.

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