In honour of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week from March 12th to 18th, here are some of the activities going on in Saskatchewan:
The BeGrainSafe trailer will be used for making agricultural producers more aware of the hazards associated with grain handling and storage – demonstrating how quickly a person can become entrapped and unable to extract themselves. The unit will also be used for training emergency response personnel on the appropriate rescue practices involving grain handling and storage equipment and structures. The unit will also be available for onsite custom training for producers who wish to develop an emergency response plan for their operation.
Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS)
Many older tractors do not have roll-over protective structures (ROPS). Most people recognize the importance of ROPS but it can be hard to justify the cost of the system on a tractor that may only be used intermittently. Often, the cost of the system is greater than the value of the tractor. For the last few years, PAMI has been directed by Agrivita Canada to design a ROPS System that is lower cost, home built, easy to assemble and will meet CSA standards. PAMI has sent out the designs to selected farmers and are currently testing some of the home built structures.
Canada FarmSafe Plan
The Canada FarmSafe Plan is a comprehensive guide designed to help farm business develop and implement a workplace safety plan and prevent workplace injuries. It helps farm managers design procedures to address hazards and develop protocols in the case of an incident. Visit the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association website for more information. To get an abbreviated version, go to the Agricultural Health and Safety Network website and have a look.
By invitation, the Agricultural Health and Safety Network are traveling to rural schools to show rural children how to spot the dangers on the farm. Several stations are set up for younger elementary students which depict scenarios on the farm. Contact the Agricultural Health and Safety Network for more information.
Oats is an online training course designed for young and new farm employees just getting into the industry. It looks at all aspects of farming and ranching and helps the user identify risks and understand the dangers on the farm. The course takes about three hours and is found at the Saskatchewan Safety Council website.
The Agriculture Health and Safety Network is offering one-day hearing and respiratory clinics. These clinics are provided to help farmers and ranchers identify any issues they may have with hearing and breathing issues and encourage the use of personal protective equipment to protect their hearing and lungs. For more information, contact the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture.