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Farm Safety cost less than $10 in August - Media Release

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Media Release - For Immediate Release

Farm Safety cost less than $10 in August

Online training provider OTrain, has reduced the cost of their pre-employment training program ‘HortCard’ to just $10 for the month of August to help improve farm safety.

“Farm Safety is everyones responsibility,” says OTrain Managing Director Shane Ridley. 

“The more we can do to help farmers and workers in the picking, packing and processing of fresh fruit and vegetables remain safe on the job site, the better it is for them and the community as a whole.”

HortCard is a web based, pre-employment training program, much the same as the white card offered for the construction sector, but specific to fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Delivered via the internet including a short multimedia presentation and assessment; giving workers the opportunity to complete the course in their own time, (and at their own cost) prior to arriving at site for the first time.

“This ensures that even people who have never worked in the farming sector before, arrive with the required equipment including the basics like food, water and sun protection on the first day,” Mr Ridley says.

Whilst it doesn’t remove the requirement for a grower to provide site specific training, HortCard does cover off what is consider the generic standard of risk in farming, allowing farmers to spend their ‘onsite time’ focused on site specific risks and job training.

BFVG Executive Officer Peter Hockings believes HortCard saves time and gets new workers productive sooner, which saves employers money.

“HortCard is a great initiative to further ensure safe work practices among employees and help employers continue doing their business in a cost effective, sustainable manner,” Mr Hockings says. 

“We have an increasing number of growers now insisting that all new employees are ‘HortCard Ready’ and we hope that with our $10 offer in August, we can increase it even further,” Mr Ridley says.

Further information on HortCard can be found at


Photo’s and Images available upon request

About HortCard

HortCard is a web based, pre-employment training program aimed at workers engaged in the picking, packing and processing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Web based, employees simply log onto the website at watch a 36 minute training program and answer 20 questions. If passed successfully, they are consider HortCard Ready.

HortCard was created by industry veteran Shane Ridley after identifying that majority of site inductions contained the same basic information about generic risks. To improve productivity, Shanes vision was to provide the “generic risk” content off site and allow employers to spend their time training new employees with job specific skills.

For more information on HortCard, please visit

About OTrain

OTrain is cloud based online training platform. Started in Toowoomba Queensland in July 2011, OTrain now has operations in Australian, the US and the Philippines.

OTrain helps employers become more efficient in the delivery of their onsite training by taking training manuals and material and migrating it to the cloud for delivery and assessment, as well as record keeping and reporting. 

OTrains promises Intuitively Simple Software backed up with OutStanding customer service and support.

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Ryan Myler

Director/ Financial Planner

Optimas Financial Planning

Shane has provided me with invaluable advice, being that I am in start up phase with my business. His knowledge of business in general, along with his strong understanding of the current trend toward social media and it's influence, have provided me with insights on how to grow my company. I would strongly recommend Shane in a business mentoring role due to his depth knowledge and broad experience, along with his superior story telling ability to make the complex simple.

June 25, 2012

Indiana Forrest-Bisley

Business Development Manager Australian Exhibitions & Conferences

Shane exhibited with us at the 2012 Safety in Action trade show - Melbourne. I found him to be extremely professional and furthermore his pre employment training services were a hit at the show. We will see Shane return to the safety show Perth (August 7-9). If you're in need of ANY type of pre employment training
I would strongly reccommend OTrain to anyone within HR."

June 29, 2012