March 11-17 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. So now is as good a time as any to look at workplace safety on farms. This year’s theme emphasizes the continued development of safety protocols on farms. It completes the three-year Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) campaign “Plan • Farm • Safety.”
According to Farm Credit Canada, in Canada, an average of 115 people are killed and 1,500 hospitalized because of farm-related incidents each year. Click here to take a quiz to see how much you know about farm safety.
With a whole week devoted to farm safety, it would be easy to assume that hazards on farms are highly regulated by the OHS laws. But although most jurisdictions’ OHS laws technically apply to farms, they don’t specifically address the safety issues and hazards unique to farming. ON and PEI only applied their OHS laws to farms in the last few years. And Alberta basically doesn’t regulate farm safety at all. (Click here for more on the regulation of safety on farms.)
CASA has various farm safety resources, including:
- Manage safety as a farm business risk
- Calculate your ROI on farm safety
- Fatigue can be fatal on a farm
- Tractor rollovers leading cause of farm fatalities
- Get hitched safely
- Farm safety adds value to your farm business
- Make farm safety orientation part of the job
- Farm safety—workers have responsibilities, too.
In addition, several provinces have made farm safety resources available: