On-Farm Inspection Initiative
We have partnered with the OHS Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on an educational inspection initiative for the farm community. In 2016, OHS identified farming as a priority industry and FSNS worked closely with OHS Division to develop a phased approach to compliance inspections.
On-Farm Inspection Policy Information
There will be no orders or administrative penalties issued during educational inspections. While we are conducting Phase 1 and 2 inspections there will be no traditional compliance inspections being conducted on farms. If you receive a compliance inspection please let us know so that we can support you and discuss with OHS. There are some exceptions where compliance inspections may occur during the educational phases and include:
- Farms with recent inspection history will be treated as per OHS Division policy.
- Any incident will be investigated and treated as per OHS Division policy.
- Any complaint will be investigated and treated as per OHS Division policy.
- Farms identified as new businesses through the Nova Scotia Business Registry may receive an introductory visit.
Farming was selected based on OHS data on previous fatalities and because of its limited inspection history and risk of non-compliance.
The goal of the Division is to:
- Educate the industry on OHS legislation
- Improve compliance outcome – reduce non-compliance
- Reduce injuries and fatalities
- Build relationships
- Encourage industry ownership to improve health and safety practices