With Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) approaching, WorkSafeNB and the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB) have teamed up to remind all New Brunswickers to put safety first when visiting or working on farms.
AANB and WorkSafeNB celebrate Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 15–21, by encouraging producers to become farm safety champions and “Be the Difference” in making all farms safe places to work and live.
“The week is an opportune time for farmers to reflect on the risks that everyone who works or lives on a farm face daily. We need to make safety a priority on our farms and be proactive. Everyone living, working and visiting farms needs to be conscious and vigilant throughout the year,” said Mike Bouma, AANB president.
“The impact of a farm injury is both devastating emotionally and financially to producers and their families, and most injuries can be prevented by controlling hazards on the farm,” Bouma added.
WorkSafeNB recommends that farm operators regularly review operations, ensuring that proper training and safe working procedures are in place.
“Recent changes to the Hazardous Products Act mean that information on supplier labels, workplace labels and safety data sheets will change,” said Gerard Adams, president and CEO of WorkSafeNB. “It’s critical that farm operators are familiar with these changes to ensure the safety of everyone working with or in proximity to chemicals, such as pesticides.”
The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB) is the voice of this province’s farmers. In 2006, the Agriculture Producers’ Association and the Federation des agriculteurs et agricultrices francophones du Nouveau Brunswick merged to form the AANB, a grassroots, bilingual organization of farmers working for farmers.
WorkSafeNB is a Crown corporation that oversees the implementation and application of New Brunswick’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workers’ Compensation Act, Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Act, and the Firefighters’ Compensation Act. Its vision is healthy and safe workplaces in New Brunswick.