Ag safety program launched for farm managers

Managers of crop operations with employees can use a new program, to be distributed by Cargill on behalf of Canada’s main ag safety organization, to develop safety plans for their businesses.

The program, dubbed SafetySense, is geared toward Canadian crop producers who may also have “multiple enterprises” such as cattle, processing, trucking or manufacturing as part of a farm business.

The product, developed by the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association, is expected to “provide farm managers with information and processes they need to become more effective in implementing procedures that will enhance productivity, prevent injury and make their farm a safe place to work,” Neil Sabourin, manager of Cargill Farm Management Services, said in a release Tuesday.

The SafetySense system, the company said, will offer “one-on-one services” to help customers design and set up health and safety programs tailored to their operations.

Cargill said its advisors will guide farmers through “comprehensive step-by-step processes” to help assess “all safety aspects” of their farms.

Modern farming businesses “offer many potential hazards,” Sabourin said, citing “heavy equipment, powerful machinery, large vehicles, dangerous chemicals and a workshop full of tools, just to name a few.”

Producers looking for more information on SafetySense are asked to call Cargill at 1-888-855-8558.

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