By Stacy Campbell
Kansas State University Research and Extension
K-State Research and Extension will be offering a Hazardous Occupation Safety Training or Tractor and Farm Safety Course on April 28. This course will be held in the 4-H Building at the Graham County Fairgrounds in Hill City, Kansas. Class will start at 8 a.m. and conclude at approximately 5 p.m.
Local K-State Research and Extension Agents will teach this basic course covering farm and machinery safety, including proper tractor operation and maintenance, grain safety, implement use safety and more. The United States Department of Labor requires youth 14 to 15 years of age attend this safety training in order to work on a farm for someone other than their parents. However, there are several cases where youth may be required to take the training even though they are working on the “family farm.” For instance, if the parent is a partner or member of a farm corporation or if the youth is legally employed by grandparents, the law requires youth participate in the course. Any employer who plans to hire youth under 16 years of age must make sure they attend this tractor safety course.
If you plan to attend, please contact the Cottonwood Extension Office in Hays at 785-628-9430 or your local County or District Extension Office to register by April 25. A fee of $15 is due at the time of registration to cover rent of the manual, refreshments, lunch and other materials needed during training.