Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Booklet offers agricultural safety and training guidelines for young people working in gardens

Now that spring is here and garden season has arrived, the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has released an online booklet that helps adults decide "which tasks children should perform, what equipment they can use, what training they should receive and how much supervision is needed," says the center.

The booklet includes: training tips; work basics, such as bending lifting and climbing; guidelines for hired youth; responsibilities of employers and supervisors; and basic principles for training teens. The garden section focuses on: picking rock; hand-weeding; harvesting strawberries; hand-harvesting vegetables; composting' pruning trees and vines; and harvesting tree fruit. (Read more)

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