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The new provincial workplace safety law for farms is now in effect but even if you have just one paid, non-family employee, the Occupational Health and Safety Act still applies.

What does the new farm safety law mean on your farm?

There are more options under Farm Freedom and Safety Act but farm employers have the same basic obligations

The Farm Freedom and Safety Act doesn’t give producers freedom from making sure their employees make it home safe and sound at the end of every work day. That’s the gist of a new campaign by AgSafe Alberta, which is trying to correct a misconception that Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws don’t apply to […] Read more

AgSafe Alberta has a series of guides to help producers review hazards on their farm and start dealing with them.

Safety is getting its turn in the spotlight

With new workplace regs in effect, there’s a lineup of producers wanting to make their farms safer

After a bit of a slow start, farmers are increasingly turning to AgSafe Alberta for help in reducing the risk of an accident on their operation. “It’s actually really busy — it’s gone from being very quiet to a wave,” said Jody Wacowich, the executive director of the non-profit society created by farm groups in […] Read more


Heights and fall hazards are one of the critical areas that fall under new workplace safety rules.

New provincial safety grant gives farm employers a ‘helping hand’

Grant can offset costs for meeting new workplace safety regulations, which come into effect Dec.1

A new provincial safety grant will make it easier — or at least cheaper — for farmers to comply with upcoming occupational health and safety requirements. “The province recognized that by putting those rules in place, many farms with employees were going to have to do some upgrading or some training to meet those new […] Read more

Hanneke and Michel Camps wanted training for seasonal workers and have developed a safety program that involves their full-time staff. 

Farmer-led AgSafe program helps producers tackle farm safety issues

Farm Safety Week: The program is free, designed to be practical, and can be tailored for individual farms

Better farm safety can start with small steps. Even a simple act like hanging a sign can play an important role in preventing a disaster. “We have these lockout tags that say ‘Lockout. DO NOT OPERATE,’” said Donna Trottier, extension co-ordinator of the AgSafe Alberta program. “There was an incident a farmer told me about. […] Read more


The wording of workplace safety regulations could cost producers a lot of grief and money if not done right, says Kent Erickson, chair of the AgSafe Society of Alberta.

The devil is in the wording when it comes to farm safety regulations

Farmer input needed before new OHS rules are enforced, says AgSafe Society chair

Progress has been made in getting the provincial government to adopt sensible, practical workplace safety rules for farms, but there’s still work to do, says the chair of the AgSafe Society of Alberta. “There’s some language in the technical wording of the legislation that can be hard to explain and figure out how they practically […] Read more

“Farming is more than a job. It’s also a way of life, and this government recognizes that.” Oneil Carlier.

Have your say on employment standards and labour relations regulations

Two reports — one for employment standards, one for labour relations — will be available for public comment until April 3

Alberta farmers have asked to have their say on proposed new workplace safety rules — and the provincial government says they will now have their chance. The NDP government is asking Albertans to give their views on two reports on proposed employment standards and labour relations recommendations. Feedback will be accepted until April 3 online, […] Read more