Ontario Recognizes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week
Promoting Safety on Ontario Farms
With spring quickly approaching and Ontario farmers getting ready to start a new growing season, it is important to remind everyone that they have a role to play in helping ensure our farms are safe places to live, work and raise a family.
Currently in its 10th year, March 15 to 21 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, a week-long public education campaign that serves as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of farm safety and provide producers with the resources needed to make their farms safer.
Farmers can improve farm safety by:
- Providing employees with proper agricultural equipment/machinery training to reduce on job accidents
- Following safe farm vehicle procedures including proper lighting, speed limits and appropriate signaling
- Preventing musculoskeletal disorders by ensuring staff take breaks from repetitive work and long hours
- Familiarizing themselves with heat stress and knowing the five steps to prevent it
Supporting safety in Ontario's agricultural sector is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Annual costs of farm injuries in Ontario are estimated at $116 million, including health care costs and lost productivity.
- Ontario’s agri-food sector supports farmers, communities and the economy - employing more than 760,000 Ontarians and contributing over $34 billion to the province’s economy.
“A farm that makes worker safety a priority is an asset to our economy. But more importantly, it provides a safer environment for the more than 86,000 agricultural workers in our province, who work tirelessly to produce the good things that are grown, harvested and made in Ontario.”
“Families across this province want their loved ones to come home safe and sound after a hard day’s work. That’s why the Ministry of Labour produced eight farming guidelines, which help employers understand how they can comply with Ontario’s health and safety laws and keep workers safe, all while contributing to a stronger economy for the entire province.”