Conducting a “Self-Assessment”

Establishing the effectiveness of your current workplace health and safety efforts can be done by conducting a “self-assessment” of your work environment. This assessment will provide you with a clear picture on the effectiveness of your current workplace safety measures, and what steps you need to take to improve.

Canada’s Farm Safe Plan, developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, provides a helpful guide to take you through such an assessment.

It looks at a few aspects of a workplace including:

  • Philosophy
  • Policy
  • Procedures
  • Practices
  • People

You can find an example of this self-assessment exercise in your workbook.

Once this self-assessment has been completed, it will provide you with a picture of what you’re doing well, and where you need to address some gaps in farm health and safety. From here you can build your farm safety plan.