An agriculture group in Alberta is developing tools and resources to help farmers and ranchers assess health and safety risks on their farms.
AgSafe Alberta’s Donna Trottier told the Alberta Morning News her project is a quick-start guide to help farmers begin assessing these risks.
“It’s a tool that will lead them down the path of setting up the program in a very practical sense.” said Trotter.
She says the guide will come in multiple platforms, including a booklet and online. Right now, the most common risk farmers will likely see is fatigue.
“In the haste of the seasons farmers are often under pressure to get the crop off, or to stay up late during calving.” said Trottier. “So fatigue, they’re working then they’re tired. That’s a risk.”
Trottier said there are several options for farmers and ranchers in mitigating risk, but they first need to identify the hazard. After that, they can evaluate the level of risk that hazard presents, and finally determine what level of risk they’re willing to take on.