Rural and Farm Safety Resources

To help keep farm families safe, Ag for Life has collected resources that families or individuals can use to help assess and minimize rural risks, creating a safe place for generations to enjoy.

There are many types of hazards – chemical, workplace, physical, and safety hazards, to name a few – which can cause harm or adverse effects in the workplace.  Below are resources on specific hazards and their control, including identification, risk assessment, and inspections, to keep your farm family healthy and safe.

Chemical Hazards – Every farm and ranch have chemicals – ranging from cleaning products to agro-chemicals. If chemicals are not used, stored and handled properly, they can cause injury, illness, disease, fire, explosions, or property damage.

Biological Hazards – Sources of biological hazards may include bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, birds, animals, and humans.

Physical Hazards – Physical hazards are substances or activities that threaten your physical safety.

Workplace Hazards – Hazards can be found in every workplace, and can come from a wide range of sources. This section looks at some of the more common workplace hazards, including ergonomic and psychosocial hazards and how to eliminate or control them.

Safety Hazards – Safety hazards include tools, machinery, materials, handling, tractors, welding, etc. Resources on the prevention of slips, trips and falls, as well as driving tips and working safely with compressed air are in this section. (Definitions based on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – https://www.ccohs.ca/)

Farm Safety Walkabout

The Farm Safety Walkabout booklet is aimed at assisting farm operators, parents, children and new and young farm workers in identifying some of these potential hazards and encouraging them to have open conversations about farm safety and ways to keep themselves and others safe.

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Making Farm Equipment More Could Reduce Accidents by 60% says study.

If farm vehicles were required to have more lights and reflection, farm vehicle accidents could be cut by 60%, according to a new study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Read about how to make your equipment more visible.

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Winterizing Your Farm – Tip Sheet

Winter creates special hazards on the farm. Liquids inside machinery or containers can freeze, causing ruptured pipes and containers. Ice can cause slips and falls. Fumes from heaters and pressure washers can produce deadly carbon monoxide gas.

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10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

Whether you are opening a new facility or you're looking to improve safety in an existing one, the following ten electrical safety steps will give you an overview of what needs to be done. Going through each of these steps will help lay the groundwork for safety improvements that can occur immediately and benefit the facility long into the future.

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Be Safe and Be Seen – Travel Tips for Rural Roads

Alberta farmers and ranchers are back in the fields. This means an increase in slow-moving equipment on rural roads, which can create a hazard. Remember to share the road. The document contains useful tips for both equipment operators and vehicle drivers.

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Respiratory Hazards: Molds and Fungi

This fact sheet covers respiratory irritants like mold and fungi that farmers are exposed to.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss – Fact Sheet

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a common health problem frequently found among people who work in noisy environments. While the condition is not fatal, it seriously degrades the quality of life of those afflicted. The tragedy of this preventable condition is that NIHL is irreversible. The fact sheet explains how and why hearing loss happens and how to minimize the risk of hearing loss on farms and ranches.

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Ergonomics for Farm Workers

Farm work is hard work, and farm workers feel the results. Farm workers get backaches and pains in the shoulders, arms, and hands more than any other health problem.

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Core Canada FarmSafe Plan

The core Canadian FarmSafe Plan provides instruction on how to compose a general policy statement for safety and health for your farm, identify and control hazards, develop an emergency response plan and communicate responsibilities to family and staff.

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Farming Checklist – PITAC

This extensive checklist walks you through the steps of developing safety policy for your farm, and walks you through the steps of assesing on biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic, and psychosocial.

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Child Development and Tractors

Tractors are the leading cause of death to children on farms. Child development influences children's safety in the agricultural setting. Children and adolescents are different from adults in many ways. A few of those ways are obvious – you can quickly look at a youth and identify whether he or she is as big as a typical adult, or whether he or she is likely to grow more. However, most ways youth are different from adults are not obvious when you look at them. These differences lie in the youth’s brain, and can’t be seen by anyone.

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