Alberta, March 12 – 18, 2017: AgSafe Alberta is celebrating Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) 2017 by encouraging farm owners and managers to initiate the conversation, talk about safety with everyone on the farm and start planning for safety as a part of the everyday activities on the farm.
“Safety is a genuine concern that Alberta farmers and ranchers take very seriously. CASW is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of safety strategies as a vital part of the overall risk management system on the farm,” says Donna Trottier, AgSafe Alberta’s Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator. Taking the time to plan for farm safety can be looked upon as an investment and provide real returns to the sustainability of the farm operation. Involving everyone on the farm in farm safety planning will maximize the success of the program. Whether someone owns a farm, is a family member or an employee, Trottier says that it’s important to recognize that everyone has a role to play in building a safety foundation, encouraging safe work practices and protecting each other from hazards.
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public awareness campaign focusing on the importance of farm safety. Under the three-year theme of “Be an AgSafe Family,” this year organizers want to empower farm families with the information they need to help keep everyone safe on the farm while preserving the farming lifestyle. It’s important for the farm owners and managers to lead the way to establishing a culture of safety on their farms.
Although the campaign lasts for only a week, farm safety is important all year around. AgSafe Alberta has formed to support Alberta farmers and ranchers as they work towards enhancing safety initiatives on their farms.
About AgSafe Alberta
Representatives from a broad collection of Alberta’s agricultural crop and livestock commodity groups have teamed up to form an industry-led farm safety consortium, AgSafe Alberta. The team is developing and delivering farm safety education and awareness resources aiming to enable and encourage Alberta farmers and ranchers to enhance on-farm safety programs and practices. Extension activities such as presentations, seminars and articles will be delivered to raise awareness and to distribute AgSafe Alberta resources.
AgSafe Alberta will provide tools to those farmers who are looking to get a plan started. “A farm safety program does not have to be a huge, overwhelming binder full of paperwork,” says Trottier. “The key is to get started with a small program that is designed to fit your operation and then let it grow over time.”
Development of AgSafe Alberta farm safety tools is now underway starting with the Quick Start Farm Safety Management Guide, Farm Risk Assessment Tool and training resources for hazard assessment and farm safety orientation. AgSafe Alberta is also in the process of recruiting qualified, competent AgSafe Alberta advisors to help in the delivery of the tools, training and farm safety services. Training and resources will be made available in multiple platforms and will be practical and adaptable to all sectors within our agriculture industry. For more information about AgSafe Alberta resources contact Donna Trottier, [email protected].
CASW 2017 is presented by Farm Credit Canada and brought to you by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture with assistance from the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative. In 2017, CASW sponsors include long-time corporate sponsor Farm Credit Canada, Dow AgroSciences, CN and BASF.
For media inquiries or to find out more about AgSafe Alberta, please contact:
Donna Trottier, Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator, AgSafe Alberta