The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor an “Ag Safety Days” training session at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Sept.22-25. The week-long session provides farmers and businesses with free safety training on a variety of issues.


“We are very fortunate we have staff with the expertise to conduct these sessions, which save our state’s farmers and businesses thousands of dollars in training costs,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “And more importantly, this training helps save lives. Many of the people who take these classes are under no requirement to do so, but because there’s no cost, it encourages them to be more safety conscious.”



Commissioner Douglass added the training is important because so many people in the agricultural community fall under the umbrella of some regulatory agency. 



“There are a lot of people who think they don’t need it. But if they hire a single outside person, they then fall under OSHA and EPA regulations,” he said.



Classes include OSHA overview, emergency response to accidents, ATV/utility vehicle safety, safe operation of tractors, skid-steer and forklifts, pesticide handling and application, respirator fit testing, CPR and first aid. Recertification credits for pesticide applicators may apply to some classes. Participants can pick and choose the sessions they’d like to attend and don’t have to attend the entire week.

Sessions are typically a half day, and customized training sessions can be arranged.

Individual participants must register by Sept. 15. Contact WVDA Licensing Specialist Kathy Martin at 304-558-2209 or kmartin@ag.state.wv.us to register.