PPE for Agricultural Health

Category: Agricultural Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Rural Health

The goal of this course is for rural health and safety professionals to be able to recognize the responsibilities of employers and employees when using PPE in the workplace and apply methods for the proper selection of PPE.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is rural health professionals.


The length for this course is approximately 2 hours depending on the individual user. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion from the Great Plains Center of Agricultural Health at the University Of Iowa College Of Public Health.

Prerequisite Requirement

NA, however, it is advisable that you have some basic understanding of agricultural environment.

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 3: Communication Skills

3A2. Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).

Before you begin, please take the pretest. The pretest score will not be counted toward your final score.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Recognize the responsibilities of employers and employees when using PPE in the workplace
  • Apply methods for the proper selection of PPE


The content for this course is about the personal protective equipment for agricultural workplaces.

The course includes a learning module with interactivity and scenario application activities, a list of resources, and a posttest at the end of this course. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST score 70% or higher on the posttest. If you do not receive 70% on the posttest, you may review the material and re-take it.

Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for continuing education credit for the following professions (details available in course materials):

  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - ANCC contact hour(s)
  • Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician - ACPE contact hour(s)
  • Physician - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Other Health Care Providers - A certificate of participation stating the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ the course awards will be available after successful completion of the course. (It is the responsibility of licensees to determine if this continuing education activity meets the requirements of their professional licensure board.)

A separate registration process will be required after successful completion of the course.


The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, University of Iowa College of Public Health (MPHTC–UICPH).

This project is supported by Grant Number 5 U54 OH007548-11 from CDC – NIOSH for the Agricultural Medicine Core Course (Diane Rohlman, PI) a project within the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (Renee Anthony, PI).  Course contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or NIOSH.

Subject Matter Experts:

Matt Nonnenmann, PhD, CIH (primary content developer),
Fred Gerr, MD,
LaShelle Morrison, MS,
Kay Mohling, MA,
Diane Rohlman, PhD

Photos provided by: 3M, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education, STIHL, and BoaterExam.com

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