This week marks Ag Safety Week in Canada – 2015

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This week is all about creating awareness is an industry that is long overdue for some serious safety upgrades.  Agriculture has always had a big allowance on safety regulations due to low numbers of paid employees, and lack of infrastructure to support, regulate, and inspect.

Initiatives like these are thus much more important as it is then put to each farm operator, owner, and worker to be a Safety Advocate.  As with all safety, it starts with you!  Lets use this year’s Ag Safety Week to spread the good word, start the discussion and make safety a part of our Farm’s operation.

So what can I do?  Well, there are many things that you can do on your farm, and not just this week, but all year and everyday!

  • Get Informed
    There are many great and FREE resources that are available to you.  Try checking out these sites, just to name a few.
    www.agsafetyweek.ca
    http://ontario.ca/b82g
  • Start the discussion
    Make it a priority to talk with everyone who works, plays, and lives on your farm.  Everyone can benefit from discussing the potential hazards that exist on the farm.  Remember, the only stupid question, is the one you don’t ask.  Discussions can also create awareness regarding any myths or misunderstandings that might exist, as well as learning how different people are viewing safety in your organization.
  • Time To Train
    Training does not have to be all that time consuming or costly!  There are a number of ways that you can receive training and additional resources to assist you in creating positive change on your farm.  This could be anything from an hour spent online to attending a workshop or conference to assist you with tips from the pros.

 

In summary, Ag Safety is something that we all need to be improving upon.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot to save a lot, and any expenses that may be incurred will surely not surpass the costs that come with having a farm accident on your property.  Safety is more than a week long promotion, it is an attitude and a way of life.

I have included an older Farm Safety Poster for a few reasons.  Firstly, this one in specific highlights a big problem with Ag, in that it is where we live, and that can mean that it is a family affair, and children often get exposure at an early age, and with such strong pride comes old adages such as ” but we’ve always done it this way.” These are not only dangerous but reckless and irresponsible as well.  Secondly, I truly hope that our next generation of farmers doesn’t need to be reminded of these messages.  Time to make some serious change happen.

Let’s work together to make Ag known as one of the SAFEST industries around!

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