Most of Canada s farmers see safety as a priority on their farms and nine out of 10 farmers want to know more about how to make their businesses even safer.
According to the second Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Farm Safety Report Card, discussed at the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association s (CASA) annual conference in Vancouver, 34 per cent of Canadian producers want training in the basics of preparing a safety plan for their operations.
Canadian farmers certainly have good intentions for keeping safe on the farm, according to our research, says Rmi Lemoine, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Now what s needed is concrete action using tools like the ones created by our partners at CASA.
Nearly 1,000 primary producers across Canada from various sectors who are members of the national research FCC Vision Panel participated in the study.
CASA is developing practical tools such as the Canada Farm- Safe plan to help farmers improve their safety record, says Marcel Hacault, executive director of CASA, We ve put the basic plan on our website at www.planfarmsafety.ca and we re working with agricultural suppliers and provincial farm safety groups to put the plan in as many hands as possible. That s mainly where farmers told FCC they look for safety information.
The 2011 FCC farm safety snapshot showed there s been little change in the perceptions and practices around farm safety since 2008.
What s going well?
Producers are driven to action once safety directly impacts their family: (91 per cent) of producers regularly take precautions for children, and a third (35 per cent) are interested in taking training on agricultural safety for children. When it comes to the individual, almost nine in 10 (88 per cent) of producers report they would be interested in pursuing training in at least one safety topic.
Where can we improve?
Although the majority of Canadian producers (85 per cent) believes safety is a priority on their farm, less than one in 10 (nine per cent) currently have a written agricultural safety plan on their farm or ranch. When it comes to accessing information, less than a quarter (24 per cent) of producers report having tried to access resources related to agricultural safety in the past year. Fifty-two per cent say they would go to agricultural suppliers to get more safety information and tools.
Why is safety important?
Producers explain that safety is a priority on their farms for three key reasons: the potential for financial loss due to accidents (largely through lost productivity), safekeeping of their family members, and the need to keep employees safe.
We will use the suggestions and testimonials in this new survey to help build new national farm safety messaging and create targeted educational tools, Hacault adds. Our goal continues to be a Canada where no one is hurt farming.
To access the executive summary of the report, please visit www.fccvision.ca/Research
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CASA