In an average year, Canada mourns the loss of over 100 adults and children due to agricultural fatalities. Canada’s agricultural sector is one of the most hazardous industries in which to work.
Producer groups, non-profits, government bodies, industry and researchers formed what is now the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in 1993 to respond to issues of health and safety in agriculture.
As a national, non-profit organization, CASA promotes farm safety in the agricultural sector. CASA works with partners in government, business, and farming organizations across the country to support initiatives that equip producers, their families and their workers with the information and tools needed to make farms a safe place to live, work and play.
CASA’s mandate is multifaceted, and includes:
- Providing financial support to for adaptive technology to injured farmers;
- Promoting farm safety education for youth through our support of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program;
- Collecting and analyzing Canadian agricultural fatality data;
- Promoting machinery safety through CASA’s support of the Technical Committee on Agricultural Safety, a body that reviews and develops agricultural machinery standards in Canada, and through Speak Up for Safer Equipment, an online tool that farmers can use to report equipment-related safety concerns to members of the Technical Committee;
- Raising awareness about the need for safety in the agricultural community through Canadian Agricultural Safety Week;
- Bringing together safety champions from across the country to network on safety issues via CASA’s annual farm safety conference and AGM;
- Developing farm safety tools and resources to help make farms safer, including CASA’s keystone business-risk management tool the Canada FarmSafe Plan, a National Occupational Standard for businesses looking to hire an Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, and farm safety training courses; and
- The BeGrainSafe program, an initiative that will bring grain safety education and training to rural communities.
There are many ways to support farm safety with CASA. Become a sponsor, donate to CASA’s charitable wing, the FarmSafe Foundation, become a CASA member, or become a Safety Day Coordinator in your community. Contact us for more information or check out our annual reports or brochure!