The labour gap is a challenge at the best of times, so now more than ever farmers need to mitigate this risk to ensure valuable labour resources are protected.  This COVID 19 Health Safety Guide will give an overview on how to protect the health and safety of workers, visitors, and contractors to the farm.   A comprehensive list of resources is available in both English and Spanish to help manage the new working requirements on the Farm Safety Nova Scotia website and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture website referenced in this guide.

This guide will include facts on COVID-19, personal and facility hygiene, what to do if you are sick, methods of communication to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and how to train workers during a pandemic to protect the health and safety of everyone on the farm.  Each facility should use this guide to develop their own COVID-19 Plan.

It is important to remember if your activities are not documented, it is like they didn’t happen.  A Farm Safety Plan is the best way to document your health and safety activities.  There are COVID-19 specific Farm Safety Plan Supplemental Resources available to add to your current or developing Farm Safety Plan.

This guide is not meant to be an all-encompassing resource or replace the requirements as outlined in applicable Federal and Provincial regulations.  It is intended to give an overview of requirements as they relate to the agriculture industry.