Canadian Agriculture Safety Week

From March 12th to 18th Farm Safety Nova Scotia will join with the rest of Canada to observe Canadian Agriculture Safety Week (CASW).

Happening annually during the third week of March, CASW is a public awareness campaign focusing on celebrating farm safety. This year farmers, farm families, farm workers and farm communities are encouraged to make the commitment to #FarmSafetyEveryday.

Organized by the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association (CASA), this year’s theme Safety is Our Promise includes practical safety advice and aims to start conversations about farm safety.

Farm Safety Nova Scotia has planned three panel sessions for CASW, all in line with the goal of offering practical safety advice to Nova Scotia’s farm community.

Natural Disasters and Agriculture – March 13, 1-2 pm online

Join panelists from  Safety Services Nova Scotia, Animal Health Canada and Nova Scotia farms for a discussion on Emergency Preparedness and coping with Natural Disasters.

Panelists will present and discuss topics relating to natural disasters as well as answer questions from participants.

An Overview of NS Occupational Health and Safety: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace – March 15, 1-2 pm online or in person at NSFA Offices

This presentation by Safety Advisor Sterling Kendall of the Occupational Health and Safety Division, NS Department of Labour, Skills & Immigration will cover:

  • An introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its associated Regulations;
  • Understanding the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and its application to your workplace;
  • The role of the Health and Safety Division in supporting the IRS and what to expect if/when an OHS Safety Officer inspects your workplace;
  • The Rights and Responsibilities of all workers and how to properly exercise them in their workplace;
  • How to quickly access workplace health and safety information and report safety concerns

Keeping Youth Safe on the Farm – March 17, 1-2 pm online

An online panel discussion  covering many aspects of youth safety.  Participants include a Safety Advisor from OHS, a provincial 4-H staff member and farmers.

Panelists will talk about their roles in keeping youth safe, and there will be an opportunity for questions.

To register for any of the three panel session, check the events calendar on the Farm Safety NS website, and click on the day and event.