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A look into Agriculture Safety Day in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - Today, hundreds of people attended the 13th Annual Agriculture Safety Day at the Yakima Convention Center.

The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference offered six to seven safety classes. They were planned throughout the day, dealing with things like confined space entry, and incident or accident investigation. The classes were offered in English and Spanish.

Perhaps the most important safety classes were the ones on pesticides, particularly for those who are licensed with the state to apply pesticides to crops in Washington.

They are kind of like teachers in a way: in order for them to retain their pesticide license, they have to earn a certain number of continuing education credits through safety classes. Some of those classes were being offered at today's AG Safety Day, including one on pesticide drift.

"It's impossible to get rid of pesticide drift altogether, but we are offering these classes and the experts we have from the Washington State Department of Agriculture," said Bruce Olson, AG Safety Day Planning Committee Member. "They are giving some really good tips, nuggets, on how to reduce that drift."

 This year was special for the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference because this was actually the second safety day event this year. The first one was held earlier this month in Wenatchee.

An official told reporter Veronica Padilla that the turnout was so big from that safety day, they added the one here in Yakima. More than 580 people attended both AG Safety Days this year.

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