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What’s Your Safety Code?

Hey Superfarmer? You rescue cats from trees and help out at every community fund-raisers. You often act behind the scenes and let others receive the credit. You have a Code of Honour. How’s your Safety Code coming along?

What’s a Safety Code? Cast your super-vision on Prince Edward Island. Four years ago, PEI crafted a ground-breaking Farm Safety Code of Practice. It was a first for Canada and a model for the other provinces.

The idea behind the Farm Safety Code of Practice is to promote safety as part of everyday work on farms. Farm owners need to lead by example. Farmers who follow the Code send a clear message to their workers — if you work here, you work safely.

The Code of Practice was developed by the PEI Workers Compensation Board in cooperation with the PEI Federation of Agriculture and the National Farmers Union. Its purpose is to provide some tools that can help farmers manage health and safety on their operations and meet legal obligations under PEI’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. The Code explains how producers can develop and maintain a healthy and safe farm workplace for their workers, their families and themselves.

The Farm Safety Code of Practice helps to bridge the knowledge gap and clarifies expectations in the workplace.

The Code covers a variety of farm-related topics including first aid, personal protective equipment, machinery, ATVs, chemicals, livestock handling, storage equipment, electrical safety and fall and fire prevention, among others.

The purpose of the Farm Safety Code of Practice is to provide some tools that can help you manage health and safety on your farm and meet your legal obligations. This guide will explain how you can develop and maintain a healthy and safe farm workplace for your workers, your family and yourself.

Download your free copy at http://www.wcb.pe.ca/photos/original/wcb_fs_cop.pdf.

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