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New B.C. youth work rules: Heavy lifting, ag chem handling out

New standards also lift province's 'general working age' to 16

“Light farm and yard work” are deemed appropriate for workers at ages 14 and 15 under new employment standards taking effect in British Columbia this fall. The province on Wednesday announced changes to its Employment Standards Act, which have been through the development and consultation stages since 2019, have now been finalized and will take […] Read more


Use a pilot vehicle to keep safe on the roads

Use a pilot vehicle to keep safe on the roads

A pilot vehicle can save a lot of frustration for both motorists and agricultural machinery operators. A pilot vehicle can help prevent collisions and injuries and damage to vehicles, farm machinery and road infrastructure.  There are plenty of factors that lead to collisions between agricultural machinery and motorists. Some are unique to large machinery and […] Read more



Spill response on the farm, Part 2

Spill response on the farm, Part 2

Unfortunately, spills and leaks occur for a variety of reasons. Prevention is key. If the steps provided in Part 1 of this feature are followed correctly, any spill or leak would be from unforeseen circumstances or human error. However, by implementing an emergency response plan (ERP), it is possible to respond quickly and safely to […] Read more

Spill response on the farm, Part 1

Farmers depend on all sorts of tools to get the job done. Chemicals are just another tool farmers use to keep farm machinery running, keep livestock and crops healthy and to ensure farms operate at optimal performance. However, there is a potential for spills or leaks wherever crop protection products, cleaning supplies, fuel, livestock medications […] Read more


PPE care and use during COVID-19

PPE care and use during COVID-19

Farmers of all different commodities are intimately familiar with personal protective equipment (PPE). Everything from work gloves and steel-toed boots to respirators and coveralls, all farms have spent a small fortune to keep everyone well equipped with the items they need to reduce the risk of injury or illness. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 […] Read more



Make sure to dig safely on your farm

Make sure to dig safely on your farm

It is important to use the one-call service Click Before You Dig before starting any project on the farm where ground will be broken, regardless of depth. This applies to all small or large projects such as sod removal for a garden, fencing projects, digging a new well or putting in a foundation. The one-call […] Read more