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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-94-0376-2576, Green Circle Growers, Inc., Oberlin, Ohio.

Lenhart SW; Colligan MJ; Sinclair RC
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 94-0376-2576, 1996 May; :1-30
In response to a request from the human resources manager of Green Circle Growers (SIC-0181), an investigation was begun into the effectiveness of the training program offered at the site located in Oberlin, Ohio. The company owns six facilities with 3,080,000 square feet of growing space, and employed 500 to 650 workers. Employee training at the site included pesticide safety and hazard communication. The training sessions were videotaped. Three different trainers offered the meetings, and each of these persons was fully certified to apply the restricted use pesticides. The fourth presenter who handled the hazard communication section was the human resources manager of the company. A rating scale was developed to rate the training sessions. The first three domains of the rating scale evaluated the trainer characteristics, facility characteristics, and presentation. The fourth part of the scale was content of the class and effectiveness of the session for meeting the objectives. The authors conclude that there were deficiencies in the training program. The authors recommend that: public speaking training should be provided for the trainers, selection and preparing of trainers should be reviewed, rooms for training should be free of distractions, a clear statement of the safety and health policies of the company should be given in terms of what is expected of each worker, new ways should be developed to present the material, and that some form of post training evaluation be conducted.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0376-2576; Region-5; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Hazard-Confirmed; Education; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health; Author Keywords: Ornamental Floriculture and Nursery Products; greenhouses; hazard communication; pesticide safety; training; worker protection standard
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