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Hydrogen sulfide awareness workshop offered

Free online workshop intended for employees and owner-operators in the swine and dairy industries, as well as those involved in liquid manure transportation and application.

Source: Manitoba Pork Council
Prairie Swine Centre, Saskatoon, Sask., is offering a free online Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness Training Workshop for anyone working in a livestock operation or are involved with handling liquid manure.

Hydrogen sulfide is heavier than air so it hovers near the manure surface, so Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University assistant professor in the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says that for the most part producers and pigs are safe to be in the barns. The problem arises when a producer needs to work near the surface of the manure, or when the manure is agitated. “If a producer has to do some maintenance near the manure level, then we need to take special precautions,” Andersen says, such as having the barn’s ventilation fans turned to maximum air flow or having the luxury of a breezy day for a natural-ventilated barn. Andersen also warns hog producers with lagoon manure storage to not get lax with safety, as hydrogen sulfide still exists and can be just as deadly.

Pigs are just as susceptible to hydrogen sulfide as humans, and Andersen suggests that producers closely monitor the pigs during the manure agitation process, if it is impractical to move the pigs out of the barn.

The four-hour workshop will enhance workplace safety by …

• increasing awareness of hydrogen sulfide
• providing knowledge on the latest information regarding strategies to reduce hydrogen sulfide exposure
• giving participants the opportunity to hear and share hydrogen sulfide experiences that may save lives.

This workshop is intended for employees and owner-operators in the swine and dairy industries, as well as those involved in liquid manure transportation and application.

Click here for the course brochure and registration information, or call the Prairie Swine Centre, 306-373-9922.

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