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Upcoming Workshops:


 Respirator Fit Test

Monday, April 23rd, at Gillespie Farm in Gray or Wednesday, April 25th, at the Bangor DEP, 106 Hogan Road Bangor (specific Bangor location TBA)

UMaine Extension, The Maine Board of Pesticide Control, and the Maine Labor Group on Health will be hosting a clinic at the end of April in both Bangor and Gray to provide the respirator training and fit test.

Under the revised Worker Protection Standards, anyone applying pesticides that require the use of a respirator, must complete (and maintain a record of) a respirator fit test. Respirator fit tests must be completed with the same make, model, size, and style of respirator that will be used in the field. Prior to respirator fit testing, each applicator must pass (and maintain a record of) a medical evaluation demonstrating they are physically fit enough to wear a respirator.

Registration: $10 per person, lunch included.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Call Lynne Hazelton at the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office to sign up for a date and time slot for your test. Lynne Hazelton (207)781-6099-lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu. (Time slots are 30 mins long and will take place between 9am and 1pm.) Lynne will then email you the online registration.
  • *Complete your medical evaluation and receive a written medical determination that you are physically able to use a respirator ASAP. This may require a follow-up medical examination if deemed necessary by the medical provider.

At your fit test appointment:

  • Bring your medical evaluation clearance form. You will not be fit-tested without it.
  • Bring the respirator that you use in the field. Each person should have his or her own respirator.
  • If the respirator you bring does not pass the fit test, you may have to purchase a new respirator with a better fit.
  • Beards cannot be worn with tight fitting facemasks. Please shave before coming to your fit test.

With questions about respirator fit testing or other Worker Protection Standard regulations, contact Amanda Couture ( Amanda.Couture@maine.gov or (207)-287- 2731) at the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


 

Farm Tractor Safety Course

Farm work can be dangerous, but a University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor safety course will help reduce risks to Maine farmers and farm workers. Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to avoid hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents.

Dates: May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 29th from 6pm-8pm, and June 5th at 5:30pm.
Locations: Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Rd, Gorham, ME
Course Manual: Tractor Safety Manual published by Pennsylvania State University (included in course fee.)
Instructor: Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Professional
Cost: $20 per person. (Participants must be at least 14 years of age.) (Scholarships available.)
Registration: Online

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


Wash/Packhouse Efficiency and Water Use Workshop

Join Farmer Seth Kroeck and Linda Titus of Ag. Matters LLC to discuss efficiency and food safety in the packhouse. We will tour the Crystal Springs wash/pack house to discuss recent changes made for efficiency and food safety. Linda T. will review the FSMA requirements around packinghouse layout and water testing for food safety.

Date: May 15th, 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Crystal Springs Farm,  277 Pleasant Hill Rd, Brunswick, ME

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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