Video module training and meetings
Agricultural companies of all sizes need to continuously address having the latest training resources and involvement in setting direction for safety matters.
Materials and resources are available through various companies and organizations, many of them associated with the National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School (NAEHSS), such as the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), Asmark Institute and Purdue University, which have contributed to the school’s programs almost annually in recent years.
One group outside of NAEHSS specifically for crop protection distributors and manufacturer companies serving Midwestern states is the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA), and it has produced a training module of Department of Transportation HAZMAT Training Videos in DVD format.
The video module of four separate videos is specific to handling hazardous chemicals used in the agricultural “arena,” notes Bonnie McCarvel, executive director of MACA. “We updated previous video materials with a lot of new footage and information. The updating work was done by the MACA Distribution and Environment Committee members,” she explained.
“The information is definitely pertinent for agricultural workers and truck drivers of agricultural retail operations,” McCarvel said. “The video training module qualifies to be used for the DOT General Awareness-Function Specific training.”
Copyrighted videos' focus
- Hazardous Materials General Awareness. This video begins by explaining all the materials handled by agricultural companies that fit into the DOT classification of hazardous materials, including flammable liquids, corrosive materials, oxidizers, toxic substances, miscellaneous hazards, flammable gas, non-flammable compressed gas, toxic gas and substances outside those areas simply classified as regulated materials. (25 minutes)
- Hazardous Materials Shipping Papers. Shipping papers are normally referred to as bills of lading or manifests, and there are a lot of regulations related to retention requirements and properly filling out these papers. (12 minutes)
- Hazardous Materials Loading, Blocking, Bracing. The video title is quite self-descriptive in terms of how to load and keep materials secure, which is pertinent to all types of truck loading, not just hazardous materials. (10 minutes)
- Hazardous Materials Emergency. This training is specific to what a driver and/or agricultural worker should do for the proper response to an “incident.” Appropriate steps to follow are mandated for a company to be in compliance with various regulations. (16 minutes)