Make the Commitment

A successful farm safety program begins and ends with everyone on the farm making a real commitment to safety.

The commitment to farm safety requires that you take ownership of the health and safety of yourself, your family and your employees by taking preventative and ongoing action to prevent incidents.

The best way to do this is through building and communicating awareness of potential hazards and by providing appropriate training to all persons on your farm.

The actions that you take demonstrate the values and ethics in your safe farm culture.

Keep that commitment and keep records of your progress, not only to track your positive trajectory but as proof of due diligence if an incident were to occur. To help you keep going – and always keep connected – with that commitment, visit and use the personal assessment tools and safety training record log book located in your workbook.

Stay focused, stays committed; and most importantly, stay safe.

Guide to your Farm Safety Plan was developed with the support of pre-existing workplace health and safety materials.The team at Farm Safety Nova Scotia are grateful for the work that was achieved through the Small Business Safety Toolkit and the Canada FarmSafe Plan. These materials helped to inform the background and recommendations we have outlined in this manual.

As well, we would like to give credit to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and WCB Nova Scotia whose
detailed information on their individual websites, including their electronic fact-sheets and overviews, provided in-depth reviews of proper planning and following required policies.