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Lock Out Tag Out Procedures

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. Part of this is ensuring proper lockout procedures on farm. Lockout procedures are used to prevent injury due to contact with energy from equipment. Lockout should be used when servicing farm equipment and doing things such as […]

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Silo Safety

Silos present on many farms and can pose significant farm workplace hazards. Potential accidents include falls, electrocution, entanglement in augers, and silo gas inhalation. Workers need to know safe operating procedures and what to do in the event of an incident. The key information on silo operation comes from the Silo Operator’s Manual. It provides […]

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Power Take Off Injuries and Safety

A Power Take Off (PTO) transfers mechanical power between tractors and implements. Injuries from improper handling of PTO can end up being very severe. Fast rotation, operator error, and improper guarding make PTOs hazardous farm equipment. Appendages can get caught in an open PTO and result in amputation, severe lacerations, multiple fractures, spine and neck […]

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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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