Safety, Health and Compliance Events
Interactive Safety and Compliance Training
GAP Connections will host 15 Farm Safety & Compliance Training Events in the summer of 2018. All those involved in the farming operation are invited to attend including family members and farm workers that provide labor on your operation. Training will be provided in English and Spanish. Attendees will rotate through eight interactive stations as they learn about safety and compliance topics related to the GAP Program.
Attendees will receive safety training on machinery, pesticide, heat illness, green tobacco sickness, basic first aid, and basic CPR. In addition, training on compliance topics will be covered including labor laws, worker’s rights, and harassment.
GAP Connections partners with the US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, State Departments of Labor, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Departments of Agriculture, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Mexican Consulates, and University Cooperative Extension programs to present training stations.
2018 Sponsors are RJ Reynolds, Altria Client Services, Alliance One International, Philip Morris International, US Tobacco Cooperative, Universal Leaf Tobacco, Gallatin Redrying & Storage Company, Hail & Cotton, Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, Georgia Farm Bureau, ProSolutions, South Carolina Farm Bureau, United Tobacco Company, and Virginia Farm Bureau.
Documentation of Attendance
Growers who bring their Grower ID card will receive credit on their GAP transcript for worker safety. They will also receive documentation for their GAP records that lists all the workers in attendance and the training topics covered.
Worker Training Cards
Each of the workers who attend will receive a Worker Training Card stating that they have been trained or received information on topics being covered at the event including:
- Field Sanitation
- General Services
- GTS/ Heat illness
- Housing and Transportation
- MSPA and H-2A Program
- Pesticide Safety
- Farm Equipment Safety
- Child Labor/Youth Employment
- First Aid/ CPR
- Affordable Health Care Act
- Sexual Harassment
- Farm Labor Contractors