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The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) proudly presents the Agricultural Safety Health and Risk Management Certificate Program (AgSHARP®) on August 13-14, 2024, in DeForest, Wisconsin. The program will include cooperation with the UW’s Agricultural Safety and Health program, led by John Shutske in the University’s Biological Systems Engineering Department.

This immersive, two-day course is designed to elevate the expertise of professionals dedicated to agricultural safety management. The certificate program will provide a comprehensive, interactive curriculum that includes case studies, exercises, and engaging class activities. A farm visit is tentatively scheduled. It is specifically tailored for a diverse audience, including farm safety and human resource managers, health professionals, insurance loss control and workers' compensation staff, research farm safety directors, and other agricultural production and agribusiness staff.

Shutske says, “While the program will feature several dairy-related issues, much of the content will apply to other segments of Wisconsin agriculture, including other livestock, specialty crops, field crop and feed production, and related agri-service businesses. We will focus on the changing nature of the industry, worker needs, and how safety is connected to workforce engagement, retention, and positive relationships.” Speakers come from various fields, including insurance professionals and Extension safety leaders.

Featured Topics:

  • Managing Human Health and Safety Risk
  • OSHA’s Role in the Ag Industry
  • Safety Culture and Employee Involvement
  • Confined Space, Product Storage, Grain Bin Entry, Silos/Silage, Manure Tanks and Lagoons, Milk Tanks/Trucks
  • Tractor and Machinery Safety, including Mobile Equipment/Skid Loaders and Machine Guarding
  • ATV/UTV and other Vehicles/Transportation/Telehandlers
  • Zoonotic/Infectious Disease
  • Respiratory Hazards
  • Noise, Heat & Cold (including OSHA’s newly proposed heat standard)
  • Chemicals/HazCom
  • Animal Handling Hazards and Resources, including Facility Design/Parlor/Pens
  • Responding to Farm/Ranch Emergencies
  • The Cost/Benefit of Safety and Health: Demonstrating Impact on the Bottom Line

Registration Information:

Cost: $300 for ASHCA members, $350 for non-members if registered by August 5, 2024. After this date, fees increase to $350 for members and $450 for non-members.

Includes: Course materials, refreshments, and lunch.

Register Now:

Lodging: Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel arrangements. The Comfort Inn & Suites is the host hotel. Call 608-846-9100.

Why Attend?

This course is essential for anyone tasked with the safety and health of agricultural operations. It provides valuable knowledge and practical tools to manage and mitigate risks effectively within the agricultural sector. By attending, you will enhance your skills and contribute to creating a safer working environment in agriculture. Take advantage of this opportunity to join industry experts and peers in an engaging learning environment with great opportunities to network and build new relationships. Secure your spot today and take the first step towards becoming a certified AgSHARP® professional.