‘Dress for Success’ farm safety campaign launched

May 15, 2014
Written by Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
May 15, 2014, Winnipeg — The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) and Syngenta Canada Inc. have partnered to develop free educational tools to help educate producers, farm workers, and the general public about the importance of safe pesticide handling through the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“Dress for Success” is a series of resources that provides an overview of PPE and proper pesticide handling procedures. The materials cover:

• The importance of reading and understanding all parts of pesticide product labels and PPE use instructions.

• How to safely wear, use, maintain, remove and dispose of PPE.

• The legal requirements associated with safe pesticide handling.

PESTICIDE HANDLING SAFETY

“It is vitally important that producers take the steps necessary to protect themselves and their workers from inadvertent pesticide exposure,” says CASA executive director Marcel Hacault.

“Through our work with Syngenta, CASA is very pleased to be making the “Dress for Success” resources available now, when many producers are beginning to implement their pest control plans for the growing season to maximize their yields.”

Dr. Paul Hoekstra is the Science and Regulatory Stewardship manager with Syngenta Canada. “When it comes to pesticides, it is essential that the label instructions and requirements for the use, safety and handling of all pesticide products are adhered to.

“PPE are a critical component of that and we are pleased to be able to partner with CASA on the development of some new resources to communicate the importance of PPE to a variety of audiences,” he says.

“Dress for Success” materials include an educational brochure and instructional video. Download the brochure or watch the video at: casa-acsa.ca/dressforsuccess or syngenta.ca/stewardship .

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