Planting the Seeds

of Safety

Safety education provides farm families with the awareness and knowledge needed to reduce safety hazards and protect their families. It is essential that all individuals especially those living in rural settings set aside time to learn safety precautions to prevent unnecessary incidents.

 

There are many types of hazards - chemical, ergonomic, physical, and psychosocial, to name a few - which can cause harm or adverse effects while at work, home or play.

On this site, you will find tips from top safety experts on everything you need to keep safety top of mind! You will also find our Farm Safety Walkabout - an family activity  

for parents to guide their family, extended family or even new employees through checklists, discussions and activities focused on farm safety. This activity will increase awareness of farm child safety, owner/operator safety and the safety of hired workers by facilitating positive safety related behaviour changes. Click on the link below for more information.

SAFETY TOPICS

  •  School zones are typically very busy and require extra attention from the driver.  Here are some important reminders for drivers to keep in mind.

  • Safe handling of livestock is absolutely essential on every farm.  Every year incidents involving livestock account for a large proportion of the injuries sustained by people working on farms.

  • In order to minimize the risk of injury and fatalities associated with railways, we hope to equip individuals with the necessary information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. 

  • It is important for people who work around and near power lines to be familiar with the hazards of electrical contact and always adhere to basic safety protocol.

  • Agricultural machinery and equipment is a factor in 70 per cent of farm fatalities, and many more injuries.  Misuse and improper maintenance of agricultural equipment are key factors contributing to injuries.

  • Chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, veterinary chemicals and fuels are commonly handled on farms. These chemicals can be dangerous and need to be handled and stored with care.

  • Children on farms often help around the farm, looking after animals, working with adults, mending things or shifting stock and feed. It's important that everyone on a farm works together to keep each other safe. Here are some safety tips for the whole family.  

  • Alberta has seen extreme weather conditions where farmers were hit with unexpected hail, tornado warnings and severe winds blowing. Mother nature can be unpredictable but being prepared is key.  

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