Alberta observes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 13 - 19

  Spring 2016
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As Albertans gear up for another season of farming, we join the rest of the nation in observing Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) March 13 – 19. This is a time to reflect on the importance of keeping safety top of mind in all aspects of farming throughout the year.

The theme for CASW this year is “keeping kids safe.” Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has many resources, activities and tools to help educate rural parents and youth on how to stay safe and healthy on the farm.

The new Animal Safety Adventures with Farm Safety Star activity book teaches young children important livestock safety information with stories, hazard hunts, puzzles and more. Children learn the importance of understanding animal behaviours and how to identify dangerous situations involving animals around the yard.

As children grow they begin to develop more advanced skills they can use to help with chores on the family farm. Often times parents question when their child is ready to take on more complicated tasks. The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT) gives detailed descriptions to help parents and caregivers gauge when their child is ready for increased responsibilities without putting them at risk of being injured. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has compiled guidelines of tasks that relate to Alberta farms and created an Alberta-specific publication.This resource takes much of the guess work out of knowing when a child is ready to take on increased responsibilities around the farm.

The Quick’N’Dirty Guide to Farm Safety is a new take on a very popular information booklet. This guide fits in the pocket of your coat or coveralls, and is invaluable when it comes to handy nuggets of information. Topics include farm machinery safety, personal protective equipment, ATV safety, livestock safety and even information on safe handling of agricultural sharps. More popular features of the booklet include a measurement conversion table, diagrams to tie useful knots and a guide to identify popular bolt and screw heads. This is a must-have resource for any young farm worker.

In addition to information resources, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has an assortment of safety decals and signage to warn of dangerous areas, indicate where to find safety tools and remind workers of specific safety practices. Reminders of “Danger – No Play Area,” “First Aid Kit Inside” and “No Extra Riders” continually keep safety top of mind no matter where you go on the farm. These resources can be ordered by contacting an Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Farm Safety Coordinator. Go on-line at or contact Raelyn Peterson: or phone 780-538-5633.
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This information published to the web on March 15, 2016.