30th Anniversary by fionan



Volume 28, Number 1 Winter 2003

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T omorrow is another day... If you plan for safety today!
Plan to attend the

Farm Safety Association’s

Need help training new employees?
The time for spring training is at hand and you need to plan ahead for training new employees and refreshing experienced ones. When the work is upon you and it gets busy real quick, then it is already too late to think about training. The Farm Safety Association consultants are available to assist you as a member firm in training your employees. Association staff can do a comprehensive review of your operation and determine what safety training you should consider. Staff will carry out in-house seminars, workshops and training at your facility, reducing the need to have your employees travel. Many seminars are free of charge as a service to you, a member of our Association, by virtue of the fact that you have WSIB coverage. If you would like to discuss your training needs, you can contact your area Farm Safety Consultant by visiting our web site at www.farmsafety.ca , or call our Guelph office at 1-800-361-8855.

30th Anniversary
Conference and Annual Meeting
Registration form and details in this issue.

MISSION STATEMENT “Promoting safe, healthy workplaces and lifestyles for agricultural, horticultural and landscaping industries in Ontario.”

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week Campaign Agriculture (CFA), Farm March 12-19 Credit Canada, the
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have joined together to launch a campaign that highlights various safety considerations when driving farm machinery. “As the spring planting season approaches,” says Dr. Judy Guernsey, chair of CASA, “this campaign brings to the forefront the importance of following safe driving practices – not just during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, but all year long.” Operating farm machinery is hazardous under the best of circumstances, but driving farm machinery on public roads can be especially dangerous. On average, one in 14 farm-related fatalities are attributed to collisions with motor vehicles. Two out of three of these collisions usually involve a tractor, and almost half (45 per cent) occur during July, August, and September, according to a study by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program (CAISP). This year’s campaign aims to reduce traffic-related incidents by promoting Farm Safety and Street Smarts. To assist in this theme, the Canadian Federation of The Farm Safety Association has just released a new video called “Country Commuters” which will be used to promote the theme of farm equipment safety on the roadway throughout 2003. The video covers many aspects of road safety for both farmer and rural commuters. It is available from the Association’s Guelph office for $20.00. For more information on this campaign and for other farm safety materials, please visit Canadian Agricultural Safety Week web site at www.cfa-fca.ca. or Canadian Agriculture Safety Association web site at www.casa-acsa.ca.

The National Institute for Farm Safety will meet this year in Windsor, Ontario from June 22-26, 2003. The Institute is composed of a membership made up of agricultural health and safety specialists from across the United States. Membership is also extended internationally with attendees coming from Canada, Europe, Australia and a host of other countries. The conference is an opportunity for these highly specialized individuals to learn what others are doing in their field and about new agricultural safety programs around the world. The Farm Safety Association will be hosting the meeting, which will be held at the Hilton Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association will also be meeting at this venue, bringing safety specialists from across Canada together to share in the knowledge and networking.


Watch for new safety posters around your workplace. The FSA has produced three new full colour safety posters aimed at getting young and new workers in agriculture to ask critical questions about their job, hazards and training. New workers often are reluctant to admit that they don’t know how to do a certain task and often will fake their way through it until an accident happens. Sometimes, a critical injury or fatality results. It is important that employers train all employees, new or experienced. The posters are available in two sizes- 18” x 24” and 8.5” x 11”. The posters were made possible through a program funded by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. You can obtain copies of the posters for all of your work locations by contacting the Farm Safety Association’s Guelph office.

The Farm Safety Association has just released two new videos dealing with hot training topics that are a must for your employees to see. COUNTRY COMMUTERS is a video that deals with the movement of agricultural machinery on public roadways. With equipment getting larger all the time and traveling further on the roadways, we sometimes see tempers flare and people taking chances. This video shows farmers things they should consider when moving such equipment. It also educates rural road users on what to expect when driving in the country. This video is available in VHS and DVD. AGRICULTURAL LOCKOUT takes a look at the many situations you may encounter in your operation where there is a need to lock out power sources when working on equipment. This fast paced video will be an excellent training tool to use in your safety program. Both videos may be borrowed or purchased from the Farm Safety Association.

Well, just about. The Farm Safety Association has produced a new CD-ROM which contains a tremendous amount of information on it including fact sheets, safety manuals, posters, children’s activities, resource lists and more. This new CD will be an extremely valuable tool for planning safety training or as a research tool when developing safety programs. The CD was made possible through funding from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada. Now you will have safety at your fingertips.


“Be careful!” You said it. You heard yourself say it. But did they hear? Teenagers have a lot on their minds—parties, dates, school, clothes, music, cars and friends. They feel invincible and are willing to take risks. But on the job, their risks are your risks. Not always understanding the “big picture” of why work processes involve doing things in a certain way at certain times, teenagers will sometimes endanger themselves and others by looking for shortcuts or not following proper procedures. The onus is upon us, as employers and parents, to keep them safe. But when they are so busy thinking about other things, how do we get them to listen, and more importantly, work safe? It rests with employers to foster a safety mind-set in young workers. The conscientious employer can help keep his or her young workers safe with a few simple rules of thumb. Keep in mind that, in training employees, one size does not fit all. Young workers need: • very clear instructions, in simple and natural language. Avoid overly technical language. Keep sentences short. Use the active voice. • to have learning reinforced, ask them to repeat your instructions and let them— even insist that—they ask questions. Continue to monitor, even after they’ve “got it”. • suitable tasks. Jobs that require a great deal of responsibility, critical judgement, or extreme risk should be introduced gradually, always with prior training. • clear and specific procedures to reduce the risks of working alone • to be shown, not told. Watch the worker perform the tasks the first time, making sure to correct any mistakes. • to be told, explicitly, to not perform any task until they have been properly trained. Operators, understandably, consider training time as necessary but unproductive, to be condensed whenever possible. But there are ways to improve training, ways that take no extra time at all. By supplementing the hear/see/do of on-site training with written material, operators can reinforce job-specific training and teach safety on a far broader scope. For example, as the season progresses and young workers move to new roles or tasks (and face new hazards), a broad base of safety knowledge can reduce the additional training time and “fill the gap” when workers encounter unfamiliar environments. Books have the advantage of being portable and durable. They are passed-on and re-read. Providing young workers with tangible

sources of basic safety knowledge can offer the busy employer an extra layer of confidence—and protection—should the unthinkable happen. If a book on safety is well written in a youth-friendly style, young people will use it. An excellent choice would be The First Step-Student Safety Handbook produced by the London Occupational Safety and Health Information Service (LOSH). National in scope, the 153-page coil-bound book has won a best practice award from the Association of Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards. Written in a youth-friendly and intelligent style, it contains the essential basic information as well as an extensive resource list. For more information, visit the LOSH web site at www.losh.on.ca/publications or call (519) 433-4156.

A new children’s farm safety card game is now available for helping get the safety message to younger children. It reminds rural children of the hazards they may encounter on the farm. The game features the Farm Safety Association’s safety characters Bernie and the Cat. Playing the various games such as Old Maid, Fish or Match-up, the cards will be a constant reminder of the hazards that children should be aware of. The game was made possible with assistance from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agriculture Safety Program.

The Farm Safety Association has produced a children’s farm safety storybook which is now available to the farming community. The book called The Great Farm Hazard Hunt takes children on a farm tour to discuss some of the main hazards which have led to child injuries and death. The main characters are Nolan and Annie, who along with Bernie and the Cat take a tour of the farm with their Uncle Gary and Grandpa Don. The book was produced with assistance from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Ten thousand copies will be distributed to children through child safety day camps as well as through other major agricultural programs and functions.

Just in time for the critical employee spring training period, the Farm Safety Association has updated fifteen of it’s current Fact Sheets and produced six new Tailgate Safety Talk sheets. The program was carried out with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The new tailgate safety talks produced have also been translated into Spanish and French. All of the new materials are available from the Farm Safety Association’s Guelph office. The new Tailgate Safety Talk sheets include the following subjects: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), agricultural respiratory hazards, general housekeeping in the workplace, handling animals safely, cleaning up chemical spills and dealing with agricultural fires. The Fact Sheets include the following subjects: manure gas dangers, silo gas dangers, agricultural tractor safety, farmer’s lung, safety and aging farmers, harvesting safety, agricultural machinery hazards, keeping children safe, handling big bales, power take off safety, agricultural lockout, agricultural mowers, skid steer safety, handling animals safely and farm accident rescue techniques. Get the facts.


Reportable Workplace Injuries
An employer is required to report a workplace injury or illness by filling out and sending in an Employers Report of Injury (Form 7) to the WSIB if a worker requires health care/or: • Is absent from work. • Earns less than regular pay for regular work (part-time hours). • Requires modified work at less than regular pay. • Requires modified work at regular pay for more than seven calendar days following the date of accident. An employer is not required to fill out and send in an Employers Report of Injury (Form 7) if only first aid is provided to the worker by a: • Co-worker, manager or lay person. • Health care practitioner, but the first aid did not require the professional skill of that practitioner.

TO OBTAIN AN EMPLOYERS REPORT OF INJURY (FORM 7) Call 1-800-387-0750 ext. 3863 OR Visit us on the web at: www.wsib.on.ca


Next Issue: Completing the Form 7 (Employers Report of Injury).

Conference 2003 Delegate Registration Form
Delegate Information:
Full name for delegate badge






Postal Code

Telephone How many attendees?



__________ x $ 45 FSA Conference only (includes lunch) __________ x $ 35 Banquet only (March 17, Evening) __________ x $ 80 Conference and Banquet

= _________ = _________ = _________

Total = _________

Conference 2003 Agenda Monday, March 17
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00- a.m. 12:00 noon Registration Annual Meeting, Farm Safety Association inc. SMARTRISK presents HEROES - an award winning risk awareness roadshow Lunch Conference Location: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Centre, 6755 Oakes Drive, Niagara Falls, Ont.L2G 7W3 Call: 1-877-353-2557 or 905-374-1077 For conference reservations please quote conference group code: Farm 03 Room rate $99 prior to February 13 Mail your registration form and payment to: Farm Safety Association Inc., 22- 340 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7K6 For more information: Telephone: 1-800-361-8855 Fax: 519-823-8880 E-mail: info@farmsafety.ca

Concurrent Sessions : Employer/Employee 1:30 p.m. Safety on the Roadways 2:30 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Hazard Recognition in the Workplace Volunteer 1:30 p.m. Working with the Media 2:30 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. What’s New for 2003 3:30 p.m. Fundraising & Volunteer Retention 5:30 p.m. Conference Banquet Entertainment – Adam Timoon-Comedian

A Past President of the Farm Safety Association passed away in January 2003, in Brantford. Maurice Sisler of Brantford was President of the Farm Safety Association from 1980-1981. Mr. Sisler came to the Association as an Area Director representing his home county, Brant County, and three others in southwestern Ontario. Maurice operated a dairy farm near Brantford. His dedication to the farm safety cause and wisdom will be dearly missed.

Published by the Farm Safety Association Inc. Suite 22, 340 Woodlawn Road West Guelph, Ontario N1H 7K6 Telephone: (519) 823-5600 Fax: (519) 823-8880 1-800-361-8855 Website: www.farmsafety.ca C.E.O.: Dean Anderson Editor: Steve Zronik email: szronik@farmsafety.ca

The Farm Safety Association believes the information and recommendations in this publication are reliable and reflect expert contemporary opinion on the subject area(s).However, the Association assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or sufficiency of this information, recognizing that circumstances, conditions and other extraneous but pertinent factors may vary greatly.

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