Sign Up Citrus Workers for Safety Program

Tacy CalliesEducation, Labor, Safety

Due to a surge in infections related to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) 2022 Ag Worker Safety Program is being offered virtually through June 30. It became available Feb. 1. UF/IFAS has alerted fresh citrus growers, packers and shippers about the program’s availability.

This annual bilingual training is designed to help employees work safely to prevent accidents, operate equipment in a mindful manner, and be aware of their surroundings to avoid dangerous situations. The program satisfies the necessary training requirements for the federal Worker Protection Standard, food safety and personal hygiene. 


The program includes training sessions on:

  • Agricultural tractor safety
  • Worker health and hygiene
  • Overview of food safety for fresh citrus
  • Worker Protection Standard
  • CDC-issued guidance for COVID-19 in agricultural workplaces 
  • Heat stress and first aid

The sessions on COVID-19, heat stress and first aid are new additions for this year.

Access the six training sessions here. UF/IFAS has provided the following instructions:

  • Note that the Safari browser may not work properly with the program on a desktop or mobile device. It is recommended to use desktop Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.
  • You will need to be able to print, scan and upload the sign-in sheet to complete the training modules.
  • The cost is $3 per person total for as many modules as desired, or a maximum of $100 per company.
  • A certificate of attendance will be provided to each attendee for each individual module.

UF/IFAS training team members include Extension agent Amir Rezazadeh and Indian River Research and Education Center Professor Mark Ritenour.

Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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