New agricultural worker safety course launched

New agricultural worker safety course launched
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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is launching an online training program for workers new to the agricultural sector, created in partnership with the University of Guelph — Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre.

The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is geared towards helping job seekers become more familiar with on-farm safety, while making it easier for employers to train new hires.

This new certificate program includes several e-learning modules designed to provide a broad overview of health and safety on a farm, an introduction to farm equipment operation and safety, and an introduction to both crop farm operations and livestock farm operations. The modules are designed to be completed at the participant’s own pace over approximately eight-10 hours, in an entirely virtual format.

“We have a wide array of educational programs available for career paths in agriculture and food, and this training is a great step towards attracting new students to the agri-food industry,” said Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph.

The certificate is part of Feeding Your Future, an OFA project funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, alongside many collaborative partners.

The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is not a replacement for on-farm training. However, it will complement the training that new employees receive on the farm.

To register for the training certificate, visit feedingyourfuture.ca/agri-training.

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