As the mercury begins to dip and the harvest season draws to a close, icy temperatures, fewer daylight hours and the threat of winter storms pose new safety hazards on the farm. Preparing for the risks common to the season can help to protect your people, your livestock and your equipment. Cultivating Safety Between the Rows is back with timely safety expertise, resources, and solutions to protect your farm’s greatest asset.
As the winter season sets in, Hosts Kristin Hoffman, Consultant with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and Gord Gilmour, of Glacier FarmMedia talk to the experts for advice on how to minimize risk and avoid accidents.
On this episode, managing exposure to the cold, ice and snow on the farm. Fred Young, WSPS Consultant, joins Kristin and Gord to talk winter safety.
In the second half of the show, working alone may be an unavoidable part of your farming activities, but recognizing potential hazards, planning ahead and focusing on the work at hand can reduce the risk of injury or death. Nicole Sherman, a consultant with WSPS, highlights some of the dangers and shares guidance on how to stay safe while working alone.
Tips, tools, training, and resources to plan for safety this season and every season.
- What resources can farmers access?
- Agriculture and Horticulture Safety Centre
- In-person training
- Safety topics, including Cold Weather Exposure
- Articles, including 10 Ways to Help Your Employees Avoid Cold Stress and Winter’s Coming: 12 Tips for Staying Safe
- Videos, including Farm Safety: Working Alone Safely
- Articles, including Going it Alone, Health and Safety at a Distance: How to Keep Lone Workers Safe
- Stop Think Act – Checklist for Working Alone
- Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
- Working Alone
- Commodity associations
- Other farmers