Safe and healthy employees are essential to the quality and productive business you've worked so hard to build.
The Center for Dairy Farm Safety (CDFS) was established in 2011 from funds that were awarded to UWRF from OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Now in the third year, we are continuing to develop training materials, tools and resources to assist dairy farmers in establishing and maintaining an effective health and safety program.
The goal of the CDFS is to bring together best practice protocols for dairy operation occupational safety and health programs. The program provides valuable resources to dairy farmers by developing new curriculum designed with dairy industry involvement; extending outreach capabilities to dairy producers; and providing training to future producers and managers. Currently the program is being presented to dairy producers and their employees throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The CDFS has developed two educational programs-one for dairy farm owners and one for dairy farm employees (presented in English and Spanish). The dairy farm owner training ("Short Course") covers 8 different topics: Effective Safety and Health Programs, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, Injury Trends, Hazard Communication, Hazards with Animal Handling, Hazards with Farm Machinery, Personal Protection Equipment, and Introduction to OSHA. For the past two years, this training has been offered in a classroom setting in various county's across the State. We are currently working to offer this training in an online format and plan to have it available by the end of February 2014.
The dairy farm employee training covers 5 different topics and is presented right on your farm! The training is offered in both English and Spanish and covers the following: Introduction to Dairy Safety, Animal Handling, Machinery Safety, Worker Rights and Responsibilities, and Chemical Safety. Contact us if you are interested in scheduling training on your farm! Each lesson takes between 30-45 minutes to present and employees who complete all 5 modules are presented with a safety certificate.