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The San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau's Rural Health and Safety Department provides guidance abd safety classes on health and safety issues affecting San Luis Obispo County agricultural businesses, producers, families and employees.


Classes

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Hunters Safety Workshop

In a continued effort to reduce firearm accidents, the State of California requires all first time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency before purchasing a hunting license.

No Classes currently scheduled call Farm Brueau office to request class.


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Pesticide Applicators Testing

San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department conducts a private applicators testing at locations around the county.

No Classes currently scheduled call Farm Brueau office to request class.


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Pesticide Safety Training For Handlers Certification Class

No Classes currently scheduled call Farm Brueau office to request class.

 


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Agricultural Hazardous Materials Transportation Endorsement Class

Farmers can complete a CHP approved program in order to legally transport hazardous materials on public roadways without a commercial driver's license.

No Classes currently scheduled call Farm Brueau office to request a class.


What's new

Important Information about Heat Illness
The well-being of our workforce is a priority for all California farmers. Heat illness is a health and safety issue that farmers and ranchers have been concerned about for many years. Farmers recognize the potential risks of heat exposure, just as employers do in construction, manufacturing and other industries where heat is an issue. We take the necessary steps to protect our employees, not only from heat illness but from other potential health and safety hazards as well. Here are some basic tips for heat illness prevention:

  • Drink small amounts of water frequently
  • Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink
  • Start work earlier in the day, to avoid the afternoon heat
  • Know how to recognize the symptoms of heat illness, such as poor concentration, cramping, fatigue, blurry vision, headache, dizziness, nausea, etc.
  • If you notice heat illness symptoms in yourself or a co-worker, have the victim stop working, find shade, loosen clothing, get fluids, and fan the body with any item available
  • Serious fluid loss can lead to heat stroke, which is an emergency - if this happens, seek medical help right away

Additional Resources

  • Safety - Tips, information and programs such as DOT's Alcohol and Drug Testing programs, safety seminars, agricultural hazardous materials training and Cal\OSHA compliance.

  • Health - Information and links on health issues, such as stress management, nutrition and access to health care are also included.

For more information contact the Health and Safety Department at (805) 543-3654.