The Alberta Farm Safety Program is an awareness and prevention program with a mission to motivate farm owners, their families and farm employees to work and play safe on Alberta farms. The program works with rural communities, industry and media to promote farm safety events, provide information and safety resources and to develop and deliver effective injury prevention programs.
The Canadian Ag Safety Week 2009 (CASW) is March 11 to 17, 2009, and Alberta Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program is proud to be a part of the national campaign.
“This national campaign is co-ordinated through the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC),” says Raelyn Peterson, farm safety co-ordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Grande Prairie. “This year’s theme is Personal Protective Equipment – It only works if you use it! with a focus on the use, fit and access of personal protective equipment (PPE) in agriculture. The Alberta Farm Safety Program uses Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) as a launching point for an entire year of activities designed to create awareness and motivate Alberta’s farmers to manage their risk and practise farm safety throughout the year.”
Alberta Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program is helping to promote Canadian Agricultural Safety Week and bring awareness to the issue of farm safety with several activities:
farm safety placemats – watch for them in restaurants during March
radio ads – listen for radio ads with a reminder to farm safe
articles – weekly papers will have access to many articles that are directly related to the Personal Protective Equipment theme
websites – safety information relating to the theme and much more is posted on Ropin’ the Web at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/farmsafety
A variety of print publications, CDs, videos and promotional items are available for handout.
Other resources include a How to Plan a Farm Safety Day Camp manual and A Farm Employer’s Guide to Job Orientation and Safety Training manual.
“Many displays are available on loan for community and educational events and a grant program is in place for groups or communities hosting a farm safety event,” says Peterson.