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OHS Rules for Farmers

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) rules require that all farms that employ paid employees (other than family members) have a safety program that includes training of employees. OHS should only inspect your farm if a serious accident or a death occurs at your worksite. If the OHS inspector finds that you have not complied you may be fined.

Some typical issues found with farming operations are:

  • Inadequate guarding
  • No auto shut down of equipment
  • No lock out programs so that children or inexperienced operations cannot start the equipment
  • Falls from heights and
  • No railings or harness used when working more than 3 meters from the ground or platform

Typical training available for a farming operation includes:

  • ATV and UTV training
  • Skid steer and forklift training
  • Confined space & Hazardous atmosphere training
  • Working with heights training

You can hire consultants to provide you with a safety program handbook and training sessions that are appropriate to your farming operation. A basic program will be in the range of $1200. If you require a more extensive program and staff training the fee will be higher.

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