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Farm safety focus of Guelph forum

February 12, 2013  By Dave Harrison

Feb. 12, 2013, Guelph, Ont. — Farm safety will be the focus of an all-day forum here on March 11. And it's free.

Feb. 12, 2013, Guelph, Ont. — Farm safety will be the focus of an all-day forum here on March 11. And it's free.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and exclusive corporate sponsor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are hosting a unique learning opportunity for farmers, students and other farm safety supporters.


They are teaming with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to host FarmSafe Forum, a free, one-day event featuring an on-farm inspection training workshop.
Forum participants will also hear from local farmers and safety advocates on such topics as dealing with farm injuries or taking action on safety.

The event takes place in conjunction with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (March 10-16).

“Many farmers have told me that they don’t know where to start when developing a safety plan,” notes Marcel Hacault, executive director of CASA.

“Learning how to identify hazards and to prioritze them is one of the first steps, and that is the exercise we will be featuring at the FarmSafe Forum.”

Over a year ago, CASA and WSPS partnered to develop the Ontario FarmSafe Plan, a business-risk management tool that enables farmers to develop their own customized farm safety plans. That plan is based on CASA’s Canada FarmSafe Plan, and available but adapted for Ontario-specific requirements.

“The forum will be a great opportunity to meet with other farmers and learn about best practices that could benefit your farm,” says OFA president Mark Wales.
 “Across Ontario, I am continually inspired by the innovation and entrepreneurship farmers bring to their businesses, and on-farm safety is certainly part of that.” 

Barry Smith, FCC vice-president of Western Ontario Operations, says planning for safety must be a priority, “both off and on the farm. We’re committed to helping Canadian producers stay safe at work, and this year’s Canadian Ag Safety Week is a great way to raise awareness of just how important being committed to safety is.”

Click here for more information on the Ontario FarmSafe Plan or to access related training workshops.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is a public education campaign focusing on the importance of practicing safe agriculture. “Get with the Plan!” is this year’s theme. It encourages farmers to develop written health and safety plans.

FarmSafe Forum events are being held in conjunction with CASW in Guelph, Ontario and Truro, Nova Scotia.

Click here for more information about CASW or FarmSafe Forum events.

Click here for the registration page.

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