Although the majority of Canadian producers (85%) believe safety is a priority on their farm, less than one in ten (9%) currently have a written agricultural safety plan on their farm or ranch.
Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), says, “When a recent Farm Credit Canada survey of farmers turned up that fact, we knew we had to build a tool to improve the safety record on Canada’s farms. We developed Canada FarmSafe—a process to help farmers manage safety and health on their operations, no matter the size, location or farm type.”
Hacault adds “our goal is to work with partners across the country who will adapt it for their farmers.”
CASA’s agricultural health and safety specialist Glen Blahey led the development of Canada FarmSafe. “It’s practical, sensible and it works,” Blahey says. “We’re making a short form available on CASA’s website www.planfarmsafety.ca. We’ll provide all the documents and answer questions on request.”
Blahey explains, “Canada FarmSafe goes way beyond hazard assessment check lists. It’s a safety commitment with tools to make safety part of every plan and action on the farm.”