UPCOMING YOUNG FARM WORKER SAFETY WORKSHOP OFFERS LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HANDS-ON SAFETY EDUCATION

(Calgary, AB, April 27, 2017) Agriculture for Life, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Lakeland College are teaming up to offer a Young Farm Worker Safety training workshop to local high school students on May 10th, 2017 at Lakeland College. The workshop provides students in Grades 10 -12 from the region the opportunity to learn safety skills to keep themselves and those around them safe on the farm.

The focus of the Young Farm Workers workshop is to provide participants with hands-on, engaging, educational safety programming with the ultimate goal of eliminating farm site injuries and fatalities. Participants learn about a wide variety of safety topics delivered by local volunteers and safety experts. Sessions will include large equipment, ATV, utilities, fire extinguisher training, chemical handling, cattle and equine safety. Participants will have the opportunity to select from several sessions to meet their needs and interests.

Past participant quotes:

“Thanks for hosting the Young Farm Worker Safety Training for our three Green Certificate students. The awesome session variety not only dealt with essential safety skills like how to put on the right PPE to protect oneself when spraying chemicals but the personal and family impact when youth neglect safety practices while doing common farm chores.”

“Like seatbelts and bicycle helmets, it takes time and practice to improve our safety
culture. The partnership between Ag for Life’s Young Famer Worker Safety program and Green Certificate is another great resource for our family farms and Off-Campus Coordinators alike.”  – Fred Rempel CTS/OCE Coordinator, Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary

For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.agricultureforlife.ca or contact the program coordinator at 403 470 5332.

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