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May 2014 Visit us online @ www.ontariotenderfruit.ca

NEW ITEMS THIS MONTH

ȘȘ Celebrate the 2014 Celebrate the Bloom Event Bloom Event May 8th 2014 - Niagara-on-the-Lake ȘȘ OPEP REI Factsheet What A Celebration It Was!! ȘȘ H&S Training Recommendations ȘȘ What motivates you Yellow plums were in full bloom, and peaches not far behind. The event ȘȘ Announcements & received great feedback and attendees included growers, shippers, retailers, researchers, OMAF staff, local politicians and media. Everyone Events

gathered on a wonderfully sunny and (finally!) warm afternoon to connect with each other in celebration of the upcoming tender fruit season. Funding received by the board through the Local Food Fund will help towards a comprehensive promotional campaign this season including the retail display bins, advertising, in-store sampling and continued partnerships with Foodland Ontario. Thanks to all that attended to make this a successful inaugural event!

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PMRA has changed their definition for a Restricted Entry Interval for pesticide applications.

Ontario Pesticide Education Program

Restricted Entry Interval (REI) Page 1 of 2

Restricted Entry Interval (REI) is the period of time after a pesticide has been applied that agricultural workers or anyone else must not do hand labour tasks in treated areas. The REI allows the pesticide residues and vapours to dissipate to safe levels for work to be done. Hand labour tasks involve substantial worker contact with treated surfaces such as plants, plant parts or soil. Examples of these activities include: • harvesting, • detasseling, • thinning, • weeding, • scouting, • planting, • mowing, • roguing, and • packing produce into containers in the field or greenhouse. You can only do these tasks after the Restricted Entry Interval has passed. An REI can range from 12 hours to several days. A pesticide label may state different REIs that are specific to a crop and post application task (e.g. thinning, scouting, harvesting). If the REI is not stated on a label, use a 12 hour REI. Here are examples of REIs stated on pesticide labels: Pesticide Matador: Scala SC: Switch 62.5 WG:

Restricted Entry Interval 24 hours (all crops) 12 hours except 24 hours for hand-thinning on apples and for hand labour (training, tying, leaf pulling) on grapes 12 hours except 10 days for hand harvest and hand pruning on Saskatoon berries

Ontario Pesticide Education Program

University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus 120 Main Street East RIDGETOWN ON N0P 2C0 1-800-652-8573 www.opep.ca

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Ontario Pesticide Education Program

Restricted Entry Interval (REI) Page 2 of 2

Early Re-Entry

Certified Farmers may need to re-enter a treated area to do short-term tasks before the end of an REI. In these cases, the Certified Farmer may re-enter 4 hours after the application wearing a NIOSH-approved respirator and any other protective clothing and the personal protective equipment stated on the label for mixing and loading. This Certified Farmer must not be in the treated area during the REI for more than a total of 1 hour in any 24 hour period. Workers may re-enter after 12 hours and before the end of an REI if the worker does not do hand labour tasks and has no contact with surfaces that could have pesticide residues on them.

Below is an example of re-entry for a pesticide with a 24 hour REI:

0 to 4 hours

• Do Not Enter •The end of the application is the start of the 24 hour Restricted Entry Interval. •No one may enter the treated area.

4 to 12 hours

• Early Re-Entry by Certified Farmer •Must wear the PC & PPE stated on the label. •Must not do hand labour tasks. •Must only be in the area for <1 hr in 24 hours.

12 to 24 hours

• Early Re-Entry by Workers

•Must wear the PC & PPE items stated on the label for early reentry . •Must not do hand labour tasks. •Must not contact any surfaces that may have residues.

24 + hours

• Enter

•End of REI on a label with a re-entry from 24 hours to several days. •Anyone may enter.

Tell Farm Workers and Others of the REIs Notify your farm manager, farm workers, scouts and others of the Restricted Entry Intervals. Everyone needs to know. One way to notify is to post signs, such as the example shown, at any main access points into the treated area. In addition to posting signs, keep spray records and REIs in a main location where they can be readily seen and read by farm workers or anyone else on the farm. Ontario Pesticide Education Program

University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus 120 Main Street East RIDGETOWN ON N0P 2C0 1-800-652-8573 www.opep.ca

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Mandatory Health & Safety Training Recommmendations http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/fs_trainingreg.php

Every farm is different, so pick the approach that makes sense to your operation. 1. Use the on-line (http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/elearn/worker/index.php ) in either the group setting or individually if it is reasonable to do so. 2. If you use the on-line support, create a certificate and keep and e-copy (.pdf). 3. If you plan on using hard copy booklets provided by Service Ontario outlets, call ahead to ensure the booklets are i) available; ii) in the language required; iii) in the volume required. If they are, order more than your current needs to ensure you have them when you want them. 4. When using the “booklet” and none are available from Service Ontario, go on line (http:// www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/workers.php) and download the .pdf. You can either print the number of booklets needed or print one copy and use in group learning or print one copy and have each worker review it on their own time before July 1. Downloadable versions exist in 9 different languages. 5. Create a sheet of paper with an introductory paragraph about completing and understanding the Mandatory Training and allow space for workers to sign and date as proof of training. 6. If using the booklet and one book is being shared among workers, photocopy the front cover and ask each worker to sign and date as your record. 7. If a worker has been trained by another employer, but does not provide proof of training, retraining is probably the most efficient. Here is some clarification around the regulation and the support information provided by the Ministry of Labour. •

Employers are required to provide Mandatory Training in Health and Safety to all workers and supervisors by July 1.

Employers are required to keep a record of training for 6 months (but there is no direction on what that proof should look like).

Employers are not obligated to use either the booklet or the on-line material, so you can create your own training material.

There is no obligation to do the tests in the workbook or on line and therefore no obligation to “pass” the associated tests.

Employers are obligated to ensure training imparts the knowledge required. (Currently there is no direction on how to achieve this obligation). 

This Mandatory Training in Health and Safety is a one time obligation.

Employers from all industry sectors are asking for suggestions on i) how best to keep records, ii) tools to access in house training to ensure it meets requirements/ expectations; iii) assessment or knowledge test to satisfy governments requirement that there has been knowledge transfer.  MOL are developing these “tools” and they are expected to be made public by the end of May.

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MOL is really pushing the advantages of e-learning either individually or as a major tool in group learning. If a certificate is created, they recommend it be keep as an e-file (.pdf) so that the employer can have a copy and the worker can keep a copy. When the worker goes to the next employer, they can share the e-copy. E-copy’s saves the cost of printing, photo-coping and paper filing. Certificates are only available to those who use the on-line support and are not available to those who use the booklets.

When using the hard-copy booklets, it references that it is the workers. There is no clear spot for the worker to sign or date nor is there a clear spot for the employer to sign or date as verification. Employers can use the booklets as the base of training in either individual or group training.  

Owner/operators or employers who supervise workers are obligated to take the training. The training is specific to the role of supervising so whoever does supervising must take the training. So, an employer must do the training and then keeps a record of him/her doing it and ensuring the transfer of knowledge occurred. (Don’t ask the obvious questions!)

Proof of training when a worker goes to another employer versus retraining has many issues: i) no clear direction on what is acceptable; ii) employers are obligated to keep records for 6 months and share with new employers, (not sure how effective this will be); iii) it is the employer’s obligation to ensure training is effective (knowledge transferred), so how do they evaluate if the other employer’s training was effective?; iv) workers are not obligated to carry or show proof of training; v) most employers find it faster and cheaper to retrain.

Availability of hard copy booklets at Service Ontario is and will continue to be variable at best and non-existent at worst. The multi-coloured wire bound books are expensive to produce in volume, so MOL is likely to switch to one colour folded and stapled without hard cover. MOL will still offer hard copy, but availability is clearly going to continue to be a concern.

Ken Linington, ken@fco.ca, 519 836-5495 ext 227, May 2, 2014

What Motivates You to Attend Agricultural Information Events? When you decide whether to attend an event, what influences your decision to go? Is it the location? Content? Speaker? A working group of class 15, of The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program is interested in discovering what influences a farmer’s decision to attend an agricultural information event. By taking 5 minutes of your time, you can make a difference by filling out a survey to help organizations improve their agricultural information events. Click the following link to complete yours today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JDV3NJR

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Announcements & Events NPF & VGA Scholarship Awards The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association offers up to $3000 in scholarship awards annually. The awards are open to 2014 Secondary School graduates who live in the Niagara region, have worked on a fruit or vegetable farm and are planning to pursue a college or university education. All programs are eligible; however, preference may be given to those enrolled in agriculture related courses. Up to 3 scholarships can be awarded. Information and applications are available through Niagara high school guidance departments or by contacting Mary Pawlus at mpawlus@cogeco.ca or 289-477-1051. CiderFest @ Puddicombe Estate Friday June 20, 2014 | Gates open 5:30pm - 9:00pm Saturday June 21, 2014 | Gates open 1:00pm - 9:00pm Country Music Concert, BBQ & Cider Festival. Come by for some refreshing cider and sweet tunes! Featured Vendors: • Puddicombe Cider Co. • Molson Canadian Cider • County Cider Co. • Thornbury Village Cidery • Pommies Dry Cider Co. and many more... Visit www.ciderfest.ca for more information.

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