AgSafe Alberta Unveils “First of Its Kind” Farm Safety Program
CALGARY, Alta., March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – AgSafe Alberta is proud to officially unveil the FARMERS CARE program, which offers practical and simple ways to help farmers and ranchers seamlessly integrate safety into their daily lives and create cultures of safety at home. within their operations.
“We are very pleased to make this one-of-a-kind safety program available to farmers and ranchers,” said AgSafe Alberta President. Erna Ferencefrom his farm near Black Diamond, Alb.. “We wanted FARMERS CARE to be a simple way to start a safety journey, while having a major impact on how we think about hazards on the farm.”
The name “FARMERS CARE” is an acronym that stands for the eleven most common types of farming incidents – all of which are detailed on AgSafeAB.ca.
The harsh reality of Canada is that farm owners/operators are the most likely to be seriously injured or die on the farm, followed by their children and employees. Unfortunately, the available data shows us that farm incidents that result in injury or death are caused by the same factors and conditions, year after year.
“Each letter of the FARMERS CARE acronym and its corresponding symbol represent life-saving opportunities that can be easily incorporated as farm safety values,” added the AgSafe Alberta CEO. Jody Wacowich. “We have developed a program that is easy to use, practical and accessible across the province to help set safety standards for agricultural and livestock operations.”
The first level of FARMERS CARE, available on AgSafeAB.ca, begins by guiding users through the process of identifying common agricultural hazards. It then provides practical examples for controlling hazards, while introducing basic health and safety concepts along the way.
Once completed, farms and ranches may continue with additional AgSafe Alberta certification programs depending on the size, scale and number of employees within their operation.
AgSafe Alberta is our province’s agricultural producer health and safety association. As an industry-led organization, AgSafe Alberta works with and supports farms and ranches of all types and sizes to become safer places to live, work and grow.
SOURCE AgSafe Alberta
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