May 19: Government Issues Reminder for Safety During Farming Season

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The government reminded farmers, farm families and workers to be aware of the OHS risks associated with spring activities. To help improve safety on and around the farm, Manitobans can:

  • Create a safe, separate play area for children
  • Identify which farm-related tasks may be appropriate for children, based on their age, skill levels and the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks
  • Ensure equipment and machinery is regularly inspected and maintained in good working condition
  • Use appropriate PPE when working with chemicals, fuel and other potentially dangerous materials
  • Understand the risks associated with handling livestock
  • Train new workers, including family members, on farm safety risks and regularly review these materials with all workers
  • Take time to rest, even during busy periods.