Training & Workshops
Farm Safety Nova Scotia coordinates training and workshops to ensure farms have access to the training needed. FSNS makes every effort to have discounted training rates for its members, see Member Benefits. FSNS hosts various training courses and workshops throughout the year. Farms and industry organizations are also able to request training as needed.
Pricing below reflects the participant cost for registered farms at FSNS hosted courses. Pricing may differ for those wishing to host training on their individual farm – quotes will be provided on request.
All courses are subject to our Training & Workshop Policies.
Workplace Safety Courses
- 1-19 employees, at least one employee must have emergency first aid training. An exception of this is if a worksite with fewer than 20 employees is more than 30 minutes from an emergency care facility at least one person shall have standard first aid training or, at least 30% of the employees must have emergency first aid training.
- 20-99 employees, at least one employee must have standard first aid training.
- 100 or more employees, at least one employee must have advanced first aid training.
- Anyone who is working alone must have emergency first aid.
Emergency First Aid
Required for worksite with 1 – 19 employees.
Standard First Aid
Required for worksite with 20 – 99 employees.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is the first help for an injured person, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
St. John Ambulance offers private in-house training for groups with a minimum of eight participants as well as regularly scheduled public courses.
This course is designed to educate a worker, supervisor or manager on the major elements of the WHMIS Program. The student is taught how to implement a WHMIS Program in compliance with existing legislation. Every effort will be made to address concerns to the participants’ requirements.
Regulatory Requirement: All those working with or in proximity to chemicals must be trained.
Employers are required under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act to provide training to all persons operating forklift equipment. This course focuses on safe practices and procedures for operating forklifts. It is a comprehensive classroom program suitable for both experienced and novice operators. During the training participants will be instructed on the proper operating and safety procedures for forklifts. This classroom portion allows participants to give feedback and participate in class discussion. During the class, the participants will work in groups on case studies.
Upon completion of the classroom portion, participants are given practical training and a practical operator assessment on a functional forklift. Upon successful completions of all portions participants will be qualified forklift operators.
Regulatory Requirement: All those operating a forklift must be trained. The Forklift Training course expires three (3) years from date of completion.
The participants will learn about the hazards of working in confined spaces, and the protective measures and equipment that help ensure a safer working environment.
Regulatory Requirement: Those entering a confined space must receive training. The Confined Space Entry Awareness courses expire two (2) years from date of completion.
The goal of this course is to ensure participants know why it is important to have a fall protection procedure in place. This course engages participants with a mix of instructor presentations, class discussion and practical demonstrations using fall arrest equipment.
Regulatory Requirement: Training is required when fall protection is required working from heights. The Fall Protection course expires three (3) years from date of completion.
This course focuses on safe practices and procedures for handling and operation of chainsaws. It is a comprehensive classroom program suitable for both experienced and novice operators. Uses Forestry Professional Guideline.
The course format will be lecture style, allowing students to give feedback and participate in a class discussion. Practical exercises will be conducted under controlled conditions.
Regulatory Requirement: Employers are required under the Canada Labour Code Part II and Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety Act to provide training to all persons operating equipment.
This course is designed to ensure that your farm can develop a lockout system that complies with the applicable legislative requirements and industry best practices.
Participants will learn the responsibilities of a Health & Safety Committee, how such committees should function and how to apply the lessons learned to the operation of their own committee and organization.
There are a variety of safety program management courses available to support the implementation of your program – hazard identification, program implementation, incident investigation.
Participants will gain the knowledge and understanding of health and safety and the law, workplace health and safety, workplace inspections and incident investigations. Participants will also gain an understanding of the function/duties of Safety Committee Representatives and Committee members.
License Endorsement Testing
You must ensure you have the proper license and endorsement for the type and weight of vehicle you drive.
Valid for a farm tractor and implement combination with a combination weight of 14,000kg or less. Applies to tractor combination only.
Must hold a minimum Class 8 licence.
Allows you to haul a trailer over 4,500kg with a truck or tractor. The combination vehicle weight is restricted based on your license class:
- Combined with a Class 5 – combined vehicle weight up to 14,000kg
- Combined with a Class 3 – combined vehicle weight can be over 14,000kg
Must hold a minimum of Class 5N license.
Allows you to haul a tractor and implement with a combination weight over 14,000kg. Applies to tractor combination only.
Must hold a minimum Class 5R license.
Condition 23 requires a medical. This is considered a restricted class upgrade. May be on licenses as Class 3R, Class 3 or Class 5, endorsement will be noted on the back of license.
Farm Safety Workshops
The Mental Health in Ag program is provided by the Community Fund for Mental Health First Aid and presented by Farm Credit Canada and Do More Ag Partners. The program gives participants the tools and resources to support themselves and each other not only through mental health crisis but also mental wellbeing.
Truro: NSFA Office
February 28, 2020 @10:00am – 2:00pm
Registration Deadline: February 24, 2020
With labour shortages, the demands to do more with less, weather, government regulations, financial pressures, public attacks on agriculture, etc. you may find yourself feeling completely exhausted and potentially on your way to burn out. Fatigue and/or burn out can also be a result of not getting enough sleep or it could be the result of an underlying health condition. Fatigue also plays an important role in your mental health. Find out if you are on your way to burnout and how what appears to be a simple lack of sleep, could be changing your perspective of life on the farm and your ability to be a resilient farmer. Join the Farm Safety Advisor in some fun activities to get your perspective on the effects of fatigue, learn if you are on your way to burn out which may cause potential mental health challenges as well as gain tools and resources to head it off at the pass.
March 17 from 1pm-3pm
Berwick Fire Hall
March 18 from 1pm-3pm
The Guide for the Farm Safety Plan is now complete with Workbook templates. Information will be available in class as a hard copy, on USB, or can be downloaded from the Farm Safety Nova Scotia Website. This workshop gives you the opportunity to focus on the requirements of Section 2 and put it into practice. Bring policies you have started for review and any questions for establishing policies and suggestions and start building your Farm Safety Plan. Topics include OHS duties & responsibilities, workers’ rights, building Health and Safety Policies, and communication. Health and Safety Committee/Representative will be held as a separate workshop.
March 10 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Guide for the Farm Safety Plan is now complete with Workbook templates. Information is available as a hard copy, on USB, or can be downloaded off the Farm Safety Nova Scotia Website. This workshop gives you the opportunity to focus on the requirements of Section 3 and put it into practice. Bring policies and templates you have started for review and any questions for drafting policies and templates and start building your Farm Safety Plan. Topics include Health & Safety Hazards on the Farm, Hazard Identification through task analysis and observation, and Risk Assessment.
March 10 @ 1:00pm– 3:00pm
The Guide for the Farm Safety Plan is now complete with Workbook templates. Information is available as a hard copy, on USB, or can be downloaded off the Farm Safety Nova Scotia Website. This workshop gives you the opportunity to focus on the requirements of Section 4 and put it into practice. Bring policies and templates you have started for review and any questions for drafting policies and templates and start building your Farm Safety Plan. Topics include a close look at the 4 types of hazard controls, safety orientations for new and returning workers, training, and developing safe work practices and safe job procedures.
March 11 @ 10:00am-12:00pm
The Guide for the Farm Safety Plan is now complete with Workbook templates. Information is available as a hard copy, on USB, or can be downloaded off the Farm Safety Nova Scotia Website. This workshop gives you the opportunity to focus on the requirements of Section 5 and put it into practice. Bring policies and templates you have started for review and any questions for drafting policies and templates and start building your Farm Safety Plan. Topics include incident investigation and reporting and preparing for an emergency.
March 11 @ 1:00pm-3:00pm
The goal of the fitness for duty and substance abuse program is to provide a work environment that is both healthy and comfortable for all its workers. It is recognized that the use of alcohol or drugs may have serious adverse effects on a worker’s health, safety, and job performance. Learn about the requirements for farm owners to ensure workers come to work fit for duty, learn how to lay out that expectation on paper, and ask questions as that may apply to your experiences on the farm. Learn the signs and symptoms of impairment and how to handle difficult situations.
Truro: NSFA Office
February 18 @ 9:30am-12:00pm
Berwick Fire Hall
February 21 @ 9:30am-12:00pm
Preventing all forms of workplace hazards including risks of workplace violence and harassment in the form of physical assault, threats or intimidation, bullying, gestures of a violent nature, harassment or abuse, and any other conduct that might reasonably give an employee cause for fear, insult his or her dignity or create a hostile or poisonous work environment is key in building a sustainable farm. Learn how to build a policy statement, code of practice, as well as draft workplace violence surveys to evaluate your farm.
Truro: NSFA Office
February 18 @ 12:30pm-3:30pm
Berwick Fire Hall
February 21 @ 12:30pm-3:30pm
Is an interactive program involving personal protective equipment for many types of agricultural exposures with discussion of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for individual exposures.There is a resource discussion and distribution including local and regional resources as well as distribution of PPE Startup Kit worth up to $75. A pre-course survey will help customize this training experience specifically to your needs.
March 25 – Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
March 26 – Dalhousie Agricultural Campus @ 8:30am – 11:30am
March 27 – Kentville, NS @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm
This workshop provides an opportunity for children to learn about the hazards on the farm and what they can do to stay safe. This workshop is great for those that visit, work or live on farms.
Children will visit different stations where they will learn in fun, interactive ways.
This workshop is for awareness purposes only and does not meet the requirements of a Tractor Safety Course required under the Motor Vehicle Act for hauling implements with a Class 8 license
Attend Your Event
Are you hosting an event that you would like us to participate in? We’re always looking for opportunities to reach the farm community, please get in touch with us to discuss potential opportunities!