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Manure Pit Safety

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act employers are required to provide information, instruction, and supervision to protect the health and safety of workers. Included as part of this obligation is information, instruction, and supervision on potentially hazardous confined spaces, work areas that may contain hazardous gases, and the appropriate procedures for working in these situations. For […]

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Health and Safety Board on Farms

The Ontario government has mandated that workplaces put up posters to inform workers and employees on their rights and other information that is needed in the workplace. The mandates are designed to improve workplace safety, which is especially important in agriculture and farming. Under theEmployment Standards Act, all workplaces must distribute an employment standards poster […]

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Farm Safety Awareness 2 of 2

Heat Exhaustion Working outside in hot temperatures creates the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion is precursor to heat stroke, so it is important to recognize the symptoms to prevent the escalation. It is caused by water and salt loss through extreme sweating. Learning the symptoms and treatment for heat exhaustion is […]

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Farm Safety Awareness 1 of 2

There are 6 farm workplace hazards. They include: biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic, psychological, and safety hazards. Workers need to be able to identify these hazards to ensure they understand farm safety and are able to protect their own health and safety. Biological hazards are substances produced by living organisms that pose a health risk. Examples […]

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Transporting Livestock

Accident Prevention The majority of accidents that occur when transporting livestock are caused by driver fatigue. They are typically single vehicle accidents that occur at night. One of they key measures to avoid fatigue is to ensure you get enough sleep at night. Health professionals recommend at least 7.5 hours of sleep at night. If […]

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Workplace Violence and Harassment 2 of 2

Rights and Responsibilities on Farm The Occupational Health and Safety Act outlines the rights of all workers in Ontario. They include: the right to know, the right to participate, and the right to refuse. The right to know is that workers have the right to know about any potential hazards they may be exposed to in the […]

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Workplace Violence & Harassment 1 of 2

Violence and Harassment Violence and harassment in the workplace are serious issues, not just for the work environment but they can also have legal ramifications. They are an important part of farm safety and a positive work culture. Having preventative measures to keep them from happening is important for protecting your workers and being able […]

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Management Practices in Pig Barns

There are three areas of management practices that need to be addressed to ensure safe pork handling. The first management area is herd health. Herd health is important because it is related to animal management, which is a requirement of Pig SAFE. It is essential to have a veterenarian-client relationship as they are responsible for […]

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HACCP and Pork Handling

Safe pork handling is an essential part of ensuring farm and animal safety. Pig SAFE is based off HACCP. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. It relates to pork handling because it is a preventative approach to food safety. It involves identifying biological, chemical, and physical hazards throughout the production process. Biological […]

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Farm Equipment on the Highway

The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) says that a driver’s license is not required to drive a tractor on, along, or across a road. The only requirement is the driver be at least 16 years old. Although the requirements for driving are fairly relaxed, there are many important safety issues that must be considered while operating farm equipment […]

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