On-Farm Advisory Services

We know your time is valuable and you have very little of it to spare, so we did the work for you.  We found the perfect top dressing for your safety program needs. The Farm Safety Advisor!

The Farm Safety advisor can help you Mind the G.A.P FARM-FARM-FARM.

To implement a safety program of Good Analytical Practice you can FARM – Focused Approach Right Method – a Farm Safety Plan today to reduce the costs associated with incident and injury on the farm and ensure all of your workers and family return home in the same condition they went to the farm each day.

The Farm Safety Advisor will come to your farm and evaluate the health and safety hazards based on the tasks performed on your particular farm and help build a farm safety plan specific to your needs and farm activities.

Not only will a customized Farm Safety Plan reduce the incidents and injuries on your farm but it will enhance the safety culture as well as increase farm productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

If you are an NSFA member the cost of the On-Farm Advisory services after the initial consult is $75/hour plus expenses (travel, printing, and postage) and Non-Members it is $125/hour plus expenses (travel, printing, and postage).  Complete cost estimate to be provided and confirmed after the initial consultation.

Contact the Farm Safety Advisor today to book your consult.  Phone Lori Brookhouse at 902-893-2293 or e-mail lbrookhouse@nsfa-fane.ca.

 



Fatigue at Risk Management Program

Fatigue is as much or even more of a hazard like chemicals, farm machinery, silos, grain bins, manure pits, power tools, animal handling, etc.

Fatigue can result in slower reaction time, lack of good judgement, being more easily distracted, not being able to concentrate on tasks, and the work may not be of the same quality as usual.

As we learn to Mind the G.A.P. FARM-FARM-FARM. One FARM is Fatigue At Risk Management. If we reduce fatigue by recognizing the signs and symptoms, know the effects of fatigue impairment, use a system to mitigate the risk, have an incident reporting process to gain information on how fatigue played a role in an incident, and use a fatigue calculator to measure the risk, we can engage the slow part of the brain (the Tortoise) more quickly.

Engaging the Slow Brain will allow us to be think consciously, analytically, more reasoned, more reflective and thoughtful resulting in less incident and injuries on the farm. Take a look at the resources below:

Recognizing Fatigue

Quality Sleep Can Make All the Difference

Fatigue Risk Management System

Fatigue Incident Report Form

Fatigue Calculator

Fatigue Risk Management Policy



Mind the GAP – FARM FARM FARM

Ever wonder why you do things even though you know better?  Well, the part of the brain that makes you do that is called the Fast Brain (the hare).  It processes visual information and delivers feedback as quickly as possible resulting in generalized visual perceptions, may miss important changes and make mistakes.  It only takes 4/10 of a second for this part of the brain to rule your next decision or action.

We need to start engaging the Slow Brain (the tortoise) first.  It takes at least 1 second for the slow brain to react and even longer if you are tired.

Farm Safety Nova Scotia can help you engage your slow brain through Mind the G.A.P.  FARM-FARM-FARM

FAST BRAIN = HARE

SLOW BRAIN = TORTOISE

Thinking:

  • Pre-conscious
  • Automatic
  • Reactive
  • Habitual
Thinking:

  • Conscious
  • Analytical
  • Reasoned
  • Reflective
  • Thoughtful
Activation Time:

4/10 of a second

Activation Time:

  • At least one second
  • Fatigue creates a slower activation
Goal:

Process visual information, give feedback quickly & you may miss important changes

Goal: 

  • Consciously goes through steps of a task
  • Evaluates all angles
Interference:

  • None, on autopilot
  • Frequent errors
Interference:

What’s the Cost?

  • Medical costs due to injury/illness
  • Replacement costs – tools & equipment
  • Repair costs – tools & equipment
  • Retraining – workers who fill in the absence
  • Legal – advice, lawsuits
  • Compliance or stop work orders – OHS
  • Reduced income – decreased productivity
  • Quality of life – injury affect workers abilities
  • Decrease moral – workers uncertain
What’s the Benefit?

  • Lower WCB costs or insurance costs
  • Increased production
  • Better quality of work
  • Positive safety culture
  • Increase profits
  • Return on investment
  • Prevent incident & injuries
  • Reduced stress
  • Increase sustainability
  • Consistent message
  • Worker retention

Join the movement and protect the tortoise from extinction.

FARM – Fatigue at Risk Management – reduce the fatigue.Mind the G.A.P.  FARM – FARM- FARM.

FARM – First Always Right-Minded – do the job right the first time.

FARM – Focused Approach; Right Method – clear and concise policies and procedures. Have a Plan.

Visit https://farmsafetyns.ca/farm-safety-plan/guide-to-farm-safety-plan/ to download your copy of the Farm Safety Plan Guide and Workbook resources.



Mind the GAP – Fatigue At Risk Management

There is one thing that can interfere with your safety plan and positive safety culture and that is FATIGUE.

FARM – Fatigue at Risk Management can help reduce fatigue by:

  • recognizing the signs and symptoms;
  • know the effects of fatigue impairment;
  • use a system to mitigate the risk;
  • have an incident reporting process to gain information on how fatigue played a role in an incident; and
  • use a fatigue calculator to measure the risk.

It only takes one 24-hour period of loss in deep sleep for moderate to severe cognitive fatigue to occur.

Fatigue impairment (Dekra (www.dekra-insight.com) includes:

  • impairment in their attention to detail,
  • impulse and risk inhibition,
  • accurate memory recall,
  • problem analysis,
  • conceptual thinking,
  • decision making, and
  • planning ahead

FARM – Fatigue at Risk Management sounds fancy, but it really isn’t.  It is as simple as finding out what makes us over tired and coming up with ways to get more rest to be our best selves.  We don’t have to wear sleep deprivation as a badge of honour anymore when working on the farm.  In this day and age, we have to become more creative to accommodate our fast-paced world so the demands don’t break us.

Visit https://farmsafetyns.ca/farm-safety-plan/guide-to-farm-safety-plan/ to download your copy of the Fatigue At Risk Management System.  You can choose to use all or parts of the program.  It is up to you!

Want help? Contact the Farm Safety Advisor at 902-893-2293 or lbrookhouse@nsfa-fane.ca to set up a workshop or take advantage of our advisory services for the low rate of $75/hour plus expenses.

FAST BRAIN = HARE

SLOW BRAIN = TORTOISE

Thinking:

  • Pre-conscious
  • Automatic
  • Reactive
  • Habitual
Thinking:

  • Conscious
  • Analytical
  • Reasoned
  • Reflective
  • Thoughtful
Activation Time:

4/10 of a second

Activation Time:

  • At least 1 second
  • Fatigue creates a slower activation time
Goal:

Process visual information & give feedback quickly & you may miss important changes

Goal:

  • Consciously goes through steps of a task.
  • Evaluates all angles
Interference:

  • None, on autopilot
  • Frequent Errors
Interference:



Mind the GAP – First Always Right Minded

Is your safety culture more like the tortoise or the hare?

FARM – First Always Right-Minded.

  • Doing the job right the first time
  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce costs related to incident and injury
  • Increases farm sustainability.
  • Encourage workers to use the slow part of their brain
  • Employees will take ownership in their roles

There is a clear connection between safety culture and safe work performance according to the Gallup study (“The Relationship Between Engagement at Work and Organization Outcomes,” by Harter et al, Gallup, April 2016).  They found the more workers were engaged in their work, there were fewer incidents and injuries.

The study showed:

  • 78% higher success rate in businesses with an engaged workforce;
  • 70% fewer incidents; and
  • 41% less absenteeism.

To FARM your positive safety culture:

CHANGE THE MESSAGE FROM

CHANGE THE MESSAGE TO

  • urgent tones
  • hurry up
  • get it done
  • we are on a deadline
  • take your time
  • think it through
  • focus on doing the job right the first time
  • first always right minded
  • ask questions & ask for help

 

Visit https://farmsafetyns.ca/farm-safety-plan/guide-to-farm-safety-plan/ to download your copy of the Farm Safety Plan Guide and Workbook resources to start building your safety program today and turn your safety culture around.

Want help?  Contact the Farm Safety Advisor at 902-893-2293 or lbrookhouse@nsfa-fane.ca to set up a workshop or take advantage of our advisory services for the low rate of $75/hour plus expenses.

FAST BRAIN = HARE

SLOW BRAIN = TORTOISE

Thinking:

  • Pre-conscious
  • Automatic
  • Reactive
  • Habitual
Thinking:

  • Conscious
  • Analytical
  • Reasoned
  • Reflective
  • Thoughtful
Activation Time:

4/10 of a second

Activation Time:

  • At least 1 second
  • Fatigue creates a slower activation time
Goal:

Process visual information & give feedback quickly & you may miss important changes

Goal:

  • Consciously goes through steps of a task.
  • Evaluates all angles
Interference:

  • None, on autopilot
  • Frequent Errors
Interference:



Mind the GAP – Focused Approach Right Method

 

 FARM – Fatigue at Risk ManagementFARM – Focused Approach; Right MethodFARM – First Always Right-Minded.

The foundation for Mind the G.A.P. FARM – FARM – FARM! is to build a Farm Safety Plan.  G.A.P is an acronym for Good Analytical Practice.  To create a foundation to Mind the G.A.P. is to create a process for safety.  When processes are in place and used consistently this will help engage the slow part of our brain which will in turn reduce incident and injuries on the farm.

 

  1. One method of Mind the G.A.P. FARM – FARM – FARM is Focused Approach; Right Method. Develop clear and concise safe job procedures for hazardous tasks and ensure workers use them every time they perform the task.  Safe Job Procedures are step by step instructions for performing tasks.   Safe job procedures are designed to reduce the risk by minimizing potential exposure.  Safe Job procedures are the foundation of a Farm Safety Plan.
  2. A Company Health and Safety Policy creates another Focused Approach; Right Method by outlining the farms commitment to health and safety and the expectations for creating safe processes on the farm.
  3. Other components of a Farm Safety Plan that generate a Focused Approach; Right Method are safe work practices, inspections, communication, orientation checklists, safety policies, forms for incident investigation, and hazard identification.

Farm Safety Nova Scotia can provide helpful resources to FARM FARM FARM your way to Mind the G.A.P.  

Visit https://farmsafetyns.ca/farm-safety-plan/guide-to-farm-safety-plan/ to download your copy of the Farm Safety Plan Guide and Workbook resources to start building your safety program today.

Want help?  Contact the Farm Safety Advisor at 902-893-2293 or lbrookhouse@nsfa-fane.ca to set up a workshop or take advantage of our advisory services for the low rate of $75/hour plus expenses.

FAST BRAIN = HARE

SLOW BRAIN = TORTOISE

Thinking:

  • Pre-conscious
  • Automatic
  • Reactive
  • Habitual
Thinking:

  • Conscious
  • Analytical
  • Reasoned
  • Reflective
  • Thoughtful
Activation Time:

4/10 of a second

Activation Time:

  • At least 1 second
  • Fatigue creates a slower activation time
Goal:

Process visual information & give feedback quickly & you may miss important changes

Goal:

  • Consciously goes through steps of a task.
  • Evaluates all angles
Interference:

  • None, on autopilot
  • Frequent Errors
Interference:



Annual Report 2019

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It’s all about you!

This is the final installment of the sustainability series.  If you haven’t done so already, it is time to start building a sustainable farm using the Farm Safety Plan and using the Farm Sustainability Assessment.  Both tools offer checklists to evaluate what is in place and what may be needed.

Section 2:3 of the Farm Safety Plan Workbook is a Farm Health and Safety Self-Assessment Checklist.  This checklist contains four sections which mirror your Farm Safety Plan Guide and Workbook:

Section A:

  1. Health and Safety policy.
  2. Occupational Heath and Safety Legislation.
  3. Health and Safety rules.
  4. Health and Safety Representative or Committee.
  5. Communication
Section B:

  1. Hazard Assessment & Risk Assessment
  2. Inspections
Section C:

  1. Controlling Hazards
  2. Training
Section D:

  1. Emergency Response
  2. Incident Investigation and Reporting

Sections 3.1 to 3.18 of the Farm Sustainability Assessment runs through a series of 112 questions which are of three levels: Essential, Basic and Advanced.

The sections include:

3.1 General Questions

3.2 Legal Compliance

3.3 Financial Stability

3.4 Farm Management

3.5 Planting

3.6 Soil Management

3.7 Nutrient Management

3.8 Crop Protection

3.9 Agro-chemicals

3.10 Waste Management

3.11 Water Management

3.12 Biodiversity

3.13 Air

3.14 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

3.15 Market Access

3.16 Labour Conditions

3.17 Health and Safety

3.18 Local Community

 

Once the questions are completed online, a performance score of bronze, silver and gold is applied based on the responses you provided.  An improvement plan can be developed based on the performance score which will help your farm in becoming a more sustainable business.

Contact Farm Safety Nova Scotia if you would like some help in building your Farm Safety Plan.  Perhaps a Phase 1 Inspection can help you and others in the community in recognizing hazards on the farm.

www.farmsafetyns.ca

info@farmsafetyns.ca

902.893.2293



Discipline

If you have been following this series from Day 1, you are well underway in creating a sustainable farm by:

  1. Implementing risk management;
  2. Creating engaged employees;
  3. Preparing for an emergency by having the correct emergency equipment, adequate number of first aiders, and developing emergency response plans for all the potential emergencies that could happen on your farm;
  4. Identifying hazards, evaluating them for risk and controlling them to mitigate the risk and lower the residual risk of the hazard;
  5. Learning how safety provides a return on your investment;
  6. Providing adequate training, safe work practices, and safe job procedures to workers so they can perform hazardous tasks on your farm without incident, illness or injury;
  7. Providing the correct PPE to protect the worker;
  8. Learning about worker health and the importance of protecting worker health;
  9. Learning about occupational hygiene and what it means to include providing adequate drinking water and washing facilities;
  10. Learning about chemical safety through Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System regulations and available training;
  11. Increasing communication on the farm through a health and safety representative or a health and safety committee; and
  12. Knowing what information to post on the farm to increase communication.

If you are just tuning into the series and want to see what you missed click here.

The key to enhancing your return on investment on your newly implemented farm safety plan is discipline.  Discipline needs to be specific and timely.  Specific, meaning stating exactly what the violation is and why it is a violation of the safety plan.  Timely, meaning discipline the worker as soon as reasonably possible after the offence to ensure the worker understands the importance of the infraction and remembers the details of the event to reason on how to prevent reoccurrence of the infraction.   Draft a Disciplinary Policy that outlines the expectations of the Farm Safety Plan and what will happen if the Farm Safety Plan is not followed.  See section 2:11 of the Farm Safety Plan workbook for guidance.

Disciplinary action should be done in phases unless the offence is severe.  Consider a three-phase disciplinary process such as a verbal (documented), written, and termination.

Undisciplined employees have a tendency to repeat infractions and could end up causing the farm significant monetary and human resource losses.  Put your foot down and discipline at the beginning and your expectations will be met with mutual understanding and respect.



Events

  1. Building a Farm Safety Plan: Focus on Section 2

    February 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Building a Farm Safety Plan: Focus on Section 3

    February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Building a Farm Safety Plan: Focus on Section 4

    February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Building a Farm Safety Plan: Focus on Section 5

    February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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