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Free Pesticide Safety Workshop in Bakersfield for Trainers on May 1

April 23, 2008

BAKERSFIELD/SAN FRANCISCO — State Compensation Insurance Fund is presenting a “Train the Trainer” Pesticide Safety Workshop for trainers of fieldworkers and handlers as part of State Fund’s Employer Education Series. Offered at no charge to State Fund policyholders and invited guests, this presentation is in Spanish only. The full-day seminar takes place on Thursday, May 1, at State Fund’s District Office in Bakersfield, California, with attendance encouraged for the following participants:

  • Agricultural owners
  • Employers
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Labor contractors
  • Others interested in improving their operation’s pesticide safety program.

The Environmental Protection Agency revised the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for agricultural pesticides in August 1992. This WPS requires agricultural workers to receive complete WPS safety training within five (5) days of initial employment. In addition, workers must receive handler training before they are allowed to handle pesticides, with updates continually to cover any new pesticides they will handle, and repeated handler training at least annually thereafter. An agricultural worker is anyone who does tasks such as harvesting, weeding, or watering related to the production of agricultural plants or farms, forests, nurseries, and green houses.

Featured speakers Pedro Acero and Rudy Herrera are State Fund loss control consultants with a combined total of more than 35 years of safety experience. Credentials for both speakers include certification by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (California Environmental Protection Agency) in the “Train the Trainers (T3) Program for Pesticide Handlers and Fieldworkers.” After their presentations, attendees will:

  • Understand the requirements for pesticide safety training
  • Know how to protect employees from pesticide hazards in the workplace
  • Know how to conduct the WPS training
  • Receive a certificate of attendance, which will add the recipient to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s list of qualified instructors

The event location is State Fund’s Bakersfield District Office at 9801 Camino Media, Bakersfield. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with on-site registration starting at 8:00 a.m. This workshop includes a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Free parking is available.

Seating is limited, so State Fund encourages early registration either online, or by e-mail (jagunderson@scif.com), phone (call Jackie Gunderson at 661-664-4021), or fax (Attention: Jackie Gunderson, 661-664-4100).

The Bakersfield seminar is part of a series of educational programs State Fund is holding throughout the state to help employers create safe workplaces. State Fund has the largest safety and health services program among California workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Headquartered in San Francisco, State Compensation Insurance Fund is California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance with approximately 200,000 policyholders. Established by the Legislature in 1914, State Fund is a nonprofit, self-supporting, fairly competitive public enterprise that serves a dual role as both a market of choice and the safety net for California employers seeking workers’ compensation insurance.

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