Cleanfarms is coming to Nova Scotia November 15 – 16, 2018. An opportunity for farmers to safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications at designated collection sites.
Check out the Cleanfarms website for more information.
Traveling on the road is necessary for many farmers. Please be patient and courteous. Check out our Commentary: Stuck behind a farm tractor? Please give it space. in the Chronicle Herald!
In honour of World Mental Health Day we are so excited to announce that, together with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, we are welcoming Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton to speak at our Annual Meeting about mental health in Canadian agriculture! Check out our Annual Meeting page for more information.
TRURO, NS – Farmers aren’t exactly surprised to learn that they often face the ire of commuters when they need to take their farm equipment onto Nova Scotia’s roads and highways. What does surprise them is the number of motorists who would rather risk their own lives, and the farmers’ lives, rather than slow down.
It’s an issue that Farm Safety Nova Scotia is prioritizing in its latest campaign called, “One Road”. The objective of the campaign is twofold; keep farmers, workers and commuters all safe when farm vehicles are on highways with motorists travelling at high speeds, and making sure farmers/workers are adhering to safe practices when using provincial highways and roadways.
“As we are in the midst of fall harvest season, Nova Scotians are going to see more of our farmers and farm workers out on the roads transporting goods in slow-moving farm equipment,” said Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, manager with Farm Safety Nova Scotia. “This campaign is to remind everyone that we all share the same road, but use it for different purposes. Whether it’s the farmer or the motorist – road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
Van Den Heuvel makes clear that while their message hopes to create greater awareness and understanding about farm vehicles operating on Nova Scotia’s highways, there is also a key role for farmers and their workers to play in making sure they follow safe practices and vehicle compliance regulations.
Farmers are often traveling short distances on the road; however they are typically only travelling 30 – 40km/hr. The equipment is wide and can be longer than you expect. When you see a slow-moving vehicle, slow down and use caution.
“Farming is vital to our economy here in Nova Scotia and has been for a long time. People seem to realize and respect this until they find themselves behind a slow-moving tractor on the highway,” said David Newcombe of Cornwallis Farms, “Getting on the road with our equipment is stressful, we know we are holding motorists up, we need motorists to know that we’re just doing our jobs and we want to do them safely.”
The campaign will feature print ads and social media communications over the next few months and is expected to expand in the spring of 2019.
As of June 12, 2017 amendments made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act will come into effect. The changes will address the following:
- clarify the definition of an injury or serious incident and how to report it
- extend the authority of the OHS director to deal with repeat offenders who continue to put others at risk of serious injury
View the OHS Bulletin – Act Amendments for more details of the amendments.
View a copy of the updated OHS Act.
For anyone interested in reviewing the details of the revised Act, visit the link to Bill 165 (below):
The 2016 Annual Report is now available online. If you missed our Annual Meeting on December 2nd, be sure to check it out!
Checkout the October edition of our Connection newsletter. You’ll find information on upcoming on-farm inspections, strategic planning and more!
Did you miss the March edition of the Connection Newsletter? Check it out at March Connection.
The Farm Safety Activity Book is designed to teach children about some of the hazards that exist on the farm. There are “On your farm…” activities associated with each topic. These activities are designed so that children take what they have learned from the activity and apply it on his/her farm. The “On your farm…” activities should be completed with the supervision of an adult.
Click here for a print version of the Farm Safety Activity Book.