CFANS Safety Training

Who  Must Complete Annual CFANS Safety Training?

All University faculty, staff (including student workers), students, and volunteers who work in agricultural fields and plots or greenhouses are required to complete safety training. This includes all campuses, ROCs, and elsewhere.

At What Point Must These Faculty, Staff, Students, and Volunteers be Trained?

Training must be completed prior to being allowed to work in these environments and at least annually thereafter. 

Is There a Difference in Training Requirements for Farm Field and Greenhouses?

In general, greenhouse workers face fewer hazards than agricultural field and plot workers. Thus, their training needs are simpler. Starting this year, separate training will be provided for individuals working in agricultural fields and plots versus greenhouses.

Those working in farm fields AND greenhouses must complete farm field training only.

Individuals working in greenhouses who are not able to attend a greenhouse training may take the agricultural fields and plots training instead, since it is more extensive, but not vice versa.

The contents of each in shown in the table below:

Farm Field Training 
(120 minutes)

Greenhouse Training 
(90 minutes)

General Rules
  • Your Right to say 'no'
x x
  • Your rights and responsibilities
x x
  • Injury/Illness reporting
x x
  • Hazard reporting
x x
  • Prohibited work
x x
  • Working around general public
x x
Physical Hazards
  • Working around tractors (for non-operators)
  • Machine guarding
  • Electrical hazards
x x
Chemical and Environmental Hazards
  • Chemical hazards (Right to Know/Hazard Communication)
x x
  • Pesticide and Worker Protection Standard
x x
  • Heat
  • Noise
  • Tickborne illness
  • Severe weather
Emergency Procedures
  • Fire prevention and extinguishers
x x
  • Injury/Illness
x x
Personal Protection Equipment
  • General PPE
x x
  • Voluntary use of respirators
x x

When and Where is This Training Provided?

For the Twin Cities campus, sessions are currently scheduled as shown in the sidebar, but more will be added as needed.

Will Attending These Sessions Satisfy All Training Requirements for All Employees?

Not necessarily. These sessions address only topics that apply almost universally to everyone who works in theses environments. However, specialized training on topics such as Agricultural Tractor Operators training, or Respiratory Protection training may still be required depending on the individual's job responsibilities. At the individual's request, training on these topics will be offered at the conclusion of the sessions listed above.

Also, this training will not cover training requirements not related to safety, such as ROHP or other requirements. 

How Do I Enroll or Register for the Classes?

Register for training by clicking the links in the sidebar.


How Will Completion of this Training be Documented?

During each session, each participant will sign an attendance roster. This information will be imported into the Training Hub, which is the University's new Learning Management System, replacing ULearn.

Will This Training be Available Online?

Initial ("new employee") training: Individuals taking this training for the first time MUST attend one of the live sessions. Exceptions may be made only in cases of extreme infeasibility or impossibility. In these cases, the individual must view a recording of the presentation, in its entirety, online, once it becomes available. This must be proctored by the employee's supervisor. 

Refresher training: Individuals taking refresher training are strongly encouraged to complete their refresher training by attending a live session, but will be permitted to meet their training requirements by viewing a recording of the presentation, in its entirety, online, once it becomes available. This must be proctored by the employee's supervisor. 

What About the Individual Online Modules for Agricultural Tractors, Respiratory Protection, and Other Individual Topics that University Health and Safety (UHS) has Allowed to be Used in the Past?

Those online modules were always intended only as an absolute last resort. They did not include content on all of the topics included in the sessions as described above. Since UHS intends to make a recording of these comprehensive live presentations available online starting this summer, there is no need to utilize the individual topics at all.

Is UHS Willing to Provide Training for Small Groups, for Instance My Lab or Department?

Yes, but a minimum group size of 12 is requested. 

Who Can I Call with Questions?

Please contact Workplace Safety at (612) 626-6002 or