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Come to Meetings for Information, Not Just Credit

Come to Meetings for Information, Not Just Credit
Training programs deliver timely information on safe input handling and transport.

You know that you need to keep up your pesticide applicators license. You have a private applicator's license because you buy registered chemicals and apply some of them yourself. You don't keep up on how many hours you need to recertify your license. However, people in the State Chemist office do keep those statistics.

That's a good thing, unless you witness an incident like occurred at a meeting recently in Indiana. At the registration table, the person who had the official list told the next person in line that they had already qualified for the next renewal based on hours of attendance at meetings. Instead of saying 'Great!', singing in and having a seat to see what he could learn, the person abruptly turned around, walked out and left! Talk about counterproductive!

Here's just some of what he missed at that particular meeting. Fred Whitford, head or Purdue University Pesticide programs, made it very clear why you want your semi tractors and trailers to met DOT specs when you're on the road. Farmers get many exceptions that other truckers don't get, including not having to have their name or a number on their truck when operating inside the state under certain conditions, but they are not exempt from everything. One of the things they must still do is have a medical card.

They are also not exempt from tie-down regulations for securing loads to the trailer or truck bed. In this case, he focused primarily on spray solution or liquid fertilizer transport tanks. The law is specific about how many tie-downs, and even the type of tie-downs needed, for certain situations. The tie-down straps must meet certain specifications, and be in good condition or you can be considered out of compliance.

Fresh in the mind of participants was a recent wreck where rolls of steel came loose from a truck bed, rolled of and caused a fatality. While not ag related, a farmer could find himself in the same position as that trucker if a tank of other object came loose and caused serious harm to another motorist.

How many tie downs you need are specifically laid out in guidelines depending upon length of the item that you are securing. There are no shortcuts to doing it right.

Unfortunately, the person who left the meeting because he had enough credits missed out on hearing information that could prevent him from getting a serious fine or worse yet, injuring himself or someone else.  

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