The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) has developed a new online tool to give farmers an opportunity to express their concerns about possible hazards with farm equipment.
The Speak Up For Safer Equipment tool is intended to provide a way for farmers, manufacturers and standards organizations to talk about safety concerns with agricultural equipment manufactured within the past five years.
“We decided to develop this online tool after routinely receiving calls from producers who were frustrated that their concerns weren’t being heard,” said Glen Blahey, agricultural health and safety specialist for CASA.
The online form handles safety concerns where farm equipment is being used for primary agricultural production. It is not intended to handle cases where legal proceedings are taking place, where there are labour relations concerns, or issues related to financial transactions.
Once a farmer has filled out the online form, CASA will review the safety concern and either will forward the issue directly to the appropriate manufacturer or, if the concern is a universal issue, forward it to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The forms will also provide data on potential safety-related trends affecting farmers.
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“The tool isn’t designed to hurt the reputation of any manufacturer or individual,” Blahey says. “Speak Up for Safer Equipment will foster better communication and education between farmers, manufacturers and standards organizations and will ultimately reduce the potential for injuries.”
The online form can be found at www.casa-acsa.ca. Concerns can also be reported by phone at 877-452-2272.