Safety Programs

Please note - this page is Under Construction and will be updated soon to reflect only Safety Programs. In the future, the HazCom and Safety Training sections will be located in the appropriate tabs. 

NEW! Front End Loader Safety  The Front End Loader Safety Subcommittee is working to create a safety training toolkit specifically for employees operating or working around front end loaders in the mushroom industry. More training materials will be developed in the coming months.

The first product of the subcommittee’s toolkit is a customizable general training PowerPoint. Click the button above to download the PowerPoint in English (Spanish will be available soon). Trainers should view the PowerPoint and customize it to their company. For example, companies can add site-specific information about hazards and obstacles so that drivers are aware.  

Additional Safety Programs: 


The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) or HazCom is a regulation [29 CFR § 1910.1200] mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that says that companies producing and using hazardous materials must provide employees with information and training on the proper handling and use of those materials. The premise behind HCS is that employers and employees have the right to know the hazards and identities of the chemicals they are exposed to and what precautions they can take to protect themselves.

All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must prepare and implement a written hazard communication program and must ensure that all containers are labeled, employees are provided access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and an effective training program is conducted for all potentially exposed employees.

On farms, hazard communication for workers and handlers must include the following information:

  • Location and description of areas where pesticides are applied
  • Specific information about the pesticides, including their active ingredients, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration numbers, pesticide labels, and the SDS
  • How to understand posted warning signs and follow directions
  • Sources of pesticide exposure (water, soil, plants, equipment, etc.)
  • Different ways pesticides can enter the body (swallowing, breathing, skin and eyes)
  • Signs and symptoms of pesticide poisoning
  • Entry-restrictions related to a pesticide application
  • Methods to reduce pesticide exposure and prevent take-home exposures
  • Emergency first aid for pesticide exposures
  • Emergency decontamination procedures
  • Instructions to seek medical attention if poisoned, injured or made ill by pesticides
  • Location and phone number for a nearby medical facility that can provide emergency medical treatment

The intent is to have information prior to exposure to prevent the occurrence of adverse health effects. The training provisions of the HCS are not satisfied solely by giving employee the SDSs to read. An employer's training program is to be a forum for explaining to employees not only the hazards of the chemicals in their work area, but also how to use the information generated in the HazCom program.

This can be accomplished in many ways (audiovisuals, classroom instruction, interactive video), and should include an opportunity for employees to ask questions to ensure that they understand the information presented to them. Training need not be conducted on each specific chemical found in the workplace, but may be conducted by categories of hazard (e.g., carcinogens, sensitizers, acutely toxic agents) that are or may be encountered by an employee during the course of his duties. The training must also be comprehensible. If the employees receive job instructions in a language other than English, then the training and information to be conveyed under the HCS will also need to be conducted in a foreign language.

For more information on HCS, visit


   HazCom Worker Compliance Training Videos -- English and Spanish 

   HazCom OSHA Training -- Spanish

Safety Training

Worker Protection Standard Videos 

The following Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training videos were developed by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health - Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Handlers need to watch both the worker training video and the handler training video to complete the training requirements. Videos are available in English and Spanish for various growers including greenhouse, vineyard, orchard, nursery, vegetables and mushrooms. The videos were EPA-approved for use in 2018 and beyond. More information is available from the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative

Heat Safety

2019 MESH General Meeting Presentations

2018 MESH General Meeting Presentations 

Training Apps

2017 MESH General Meeting Presentations

Pick Light Inspection Program

Shoe Policy

Workers Compensation

Starting a Safety Committee

Onsite Hazard Training

Electrical Hazards Training: English

Electrical Hazards Training: Spanish

OSHA Mock Inspection. Are you Ready?

Worker Safety Contractor Training: English

Worker Safety Contractor Training: Spanish

Ammonia Safety Train the Trainer: English

Ammonia Safety Train the Trainer: Spanish

Ergonomics Training

Workers Compensation Costs

The Soft Cost of Injuries


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