SAFE Farms

Farm injuries and illness cause human suffering and cost money. That's why it's so important to take the necessary preventative safety and health measures in your operation.

Ensure that everyone on your farm, including visitors and contractors, understands their safety and health responsibilities and follows the policies you have set for your farm.

Contact the SAFE Farms Prevention Consultant

204-957-SAFE (7233)
Toll-free:  1-855-957-SAFE (7233)
E-mail:  information@safeworkmanitoba.ca
 

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Bulletins

Bulletin 11: Les espaces clos en milieu agricole peuvent être mortels

This bulletin is also available in: English

SAFE Farms Bulletin 01: Reporting Serious Incidents

This information can now be found at http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/safety/rep_serious_act.html.

SAFE Farms Bulletin 02: Agricultural Work Near Overhead Power Lines

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated with working near overhead power lines in agricultural environments and how to control the hazards.

SAFE Farms Bulletin 03: Safety and Health Orientation

This two-page bulletin provides a step-by-step guide to conducting an orientation at your workplace, in regards to the amendments made to the...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 04: Grain Augers

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated with grain augers and how to control the hazards.

SAFE Farms Bulletin 05: Grain/Crop Dusts

This bulletin describes the hazards associated with grain/crop dusts and how to control the hazards.Grain/crop dusts, such as soil particles or insects,...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 06: Safety Risk to Farm Tractor Operators

Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) Certification - This bulletin describes the specific design and testing criteria for ROPS. ROPS have been...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 07: Agricultural Hand Signals

This two-page bulletin describes various agricultural hand signals developed by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers for farm machine operators...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 08 - Animal Production

This two-page bulletin describes the various potential hazards associated when working in livestock production and how to control the hazards. Workers in...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 09: Livestock Handling

This two-page bulletin describes the various hazards associated when handling livestock and how to control the hazards. Farm incidents involving...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 10: Worker Health and Bio-Security in Livestock

This two-page bulletin describes how implementing bio-security protocols offer livestock industries improved food safety and production stability. It also...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 11: Agricultural Confined Spaces Can Kill You

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working in confined spaces. It also includes a hazard assessment for possible confined space...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 12: Bale Handling

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working with large round hay bale systems and how to control the hazards. Farmers in Manitoba...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 13: Farming Respiratory Hazards

This two-page bulletin describes the respiratory hazards associated with agricultural work and how to control the hazards. Farmers working in Manitoba are...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 14: Safe Tractor Operation

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working with tractor equipment and how to control the hazards. Rollovers, falls and contact...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 15: Operating Older and Vintage Tractors

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working with older or vintage tractors and how to control the hazards. A lack of modern...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 16: Anhydrous Ammonia

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working with anhydrous (“without water”) ammonia (NH3), a commonly used...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 17: Blind Spots and Agricultural Equipment

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards of blind spots and working around agricultural equipment. Poor sight lines and lack of visibility, commonly...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 18: Flowing Grain Entrapment

This two-page bulletin describes the hazards associated when working around grain, which could lead to grain entrapment. It also details how to control...

SAFE Farms Bulletin 19: Laundering Pesticide Contaminated Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment

SAFE Farms Bulletin 20: Handling Agricultural Sharps

Publication SW6008E

SAFE Farms Bulletin 22: Welding

SAFE Farms Bulletin 23: Hantavirus

SAFE Farms Bulletin 24: Calving Season Safety

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Communication, Orientation & Training

Publication SW7003E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Identify and Control Hazards

Publication SW7007E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Prepare for Emergencies

Publication SW7011E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Protect Workers Alone or in Isolation

Publication SW7013E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Times are Changing - Safety and Health on the Farm

Publication SW7018E

SAFE Harvest Tip Sheet

Publication SW7043E

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 10:Biosécurité et sante professionnelle dans l'industrie de l'èlevage

Cette bulletin est aussi disponible en Anglais.

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 16: Ammoniac anhydre (NH3) sécurité à la ferme

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 18: Ensevelissement dans le grain en écoulement

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 18: Ensevelissement dans le grain en écoulement

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 19: Lavage de vêtements et d’équipements de protection individuelle contaminés par des pesticides

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 20: Manutention des objets pointus et tranchants en milieu agricole

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 22: Soudage

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 23: Hantavirus

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 24: La sécurité en saison de mise bas

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 2: Travaux agricoles à proximité de lignes électriques aériennes

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 3: Initiation à la sécurité et à l’hygiène

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 4: Vis à grain

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 6: Risque pour la sécurité des conducteurs de tracteurs agricoles

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 7: Signaux manuels pour la sécurité agricole

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 8: L’élevage intensif

Sain et sauf à la ferme Bulletin 9: Manipulation des animaux d’élevage

Guides

Sécurité des Véhicules Tout-terrain (VTT) pour les Travailleurs Agricoles

Cette ressource est aussi offerte en: Anglais

SAFE Harvest Tip Sheet

Publication SW7043E

Services de soutien de la sécurité à la ferme

Use Caution When Meeting Agricultural Equipment on Roadways

Publication SW7002E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Prepare for Emergencies

Publication SW7011E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Protect Workers Alone or in Isolation

Publication SW7013E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Communication, Orientation & Training

Publication SW7003E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Identify and Control Hazards

Publication SW7007E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Times are Changing - Safety and Health on the Farm

Publication SW7018E

SAFE Farms Spot the Hazard Activity Sheet and Lesson Plan

This activity sheet introduces children to four common hazards on the farm. The lesson plan provides teachers with information about how to spot each...

Farm Safety Support Services

SAFE Work Manitoba and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) have partnered to offer Farm Safety Support Services to farm owners. Download this brochure...

SAFE Farms 7-Step Safety and Health Emergency Planning Kit

This 7-Step Safety and Health Emergency Planning Kit is designed to help prepare every farm for possible emergency situations. The booklet and pages...

SAFE Farms Colouring Sheets

Download SAFE Farms colouring pages to help teach kids about farm safety! Sheet 1 – Who’s ready to ride? Sheet 2 – Keep away from...

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Anhydrous Ammonia

Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) is a form of nitrogen fertilizer commonly used on farms. Contact with NH3 at any concentration is hazardous. Safety and health...

06. Final Report - Farm Safety Program

A report focusing on farm safety now available to the public. Through a competitive process Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) was awarded a...

Safety and Health Guide for Manitoba Farms

This guide has been developed in cooperation by the following partners: Manitoba Family Services and Labour, Workplace Safety and Health; Keystone...

Safe Handling and Use of Agricultural Chemicals and Biological Materials Guide

This guides details safe handling and use of agricultural chemicals and biological materials. The first step in protecting yourself and others is to know...

Agricultural Equipment Safety

This is a guide to controlling some of the most common hazards associated with tractor and agricultural equipment operation. It does not cover all details...

Creating Safe Play Areas on Farms

The farm functions uniquely as both a workplace and a home. For children, the entire farm may be seen as their place to explore and play. It takes time...

12. Occupational Exposure Prevention and the Co-Occurrence of Work-Related Skin and Respiratory Symptoms and Disease

This study investigated the co-occurrence of work-related skin and respiratory conditions in workers seeking treatment for occupational skin and/or lung...

18. Establishing Occupational Exposure Limits in Your Workplace

This manual is designed to help establish occupational exposure limits in your workplace to protect workers from the ill effects of workplace chemicals.

19. Manitoba Immigrant Safety Initiative

The Manitoba Immigrants’ Safety Initiative (MISI) developed an injury prevention guide and resources for new and existing immigrant workers in...

22. Modified Work Practices and Quality of Life Outcomes for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries

This resource guide contains information on job accommodation principles and examples for the most common musculoskeletal injuries (back injuries, hand...

SAFE Farms Brochure

SAFE Farms is an initiative of SAFE Manitoba, supported by Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health and the Worker’s Compensation Board of Manitoba....

Difficult Times - Stress on the Farm

This resource is a way of enabling farm families to understand stress, its impact, and learn skills to help balance stress when farming in difficult times.

All Terrain Vehicle Safety for Agricultural Workers

This is an overview of the hazards associated with all terrain vehicles (ATV) and how to use them safely for agriculture. It includes the current...

Safety and Health Guide for Handling Farm Animals and Poultry

The best way to avoid livestock injuries is to understand animal behavior. Publication SW2138E

Fall Protection Brochure

This short brochure provides a summary of the fall protection requirements in Manitoba. This resource is also available in the following language...

Tip Card: Heat Stress

Heat stress is the body's inability to control its internal temperature. It can result in serious illness or death.   Publication SW4010E

Safeguarding Machinery and Equipment Guideline

This guideline provides general information to help employers develop safeguarding solutions for their specific machinery and equipment. Publication...

Guide for Self-Built Equipment Guards

A handbook for home built guarding on farm equipment, this guide was developed by the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association

SAFE Farms Danger – Confined Space Sticker

Identify confined spaces and remind workers to follow confined space entry procedures with the SAFE Farms Confined Space sticker. SW6012E

SAFE Farms Danger – Chemical Storage Sticker

Identify areas where chemicals are stored on your farm with this SAFE Farms Chemical Storage sticker. SW6011E

SAFE Farms Sticker – No Riders

Remind everyone on your farm of the “one seat, one rider” rule with this No Riders SAFE Farms sticker.   SW6009E

SAFE Farms Danger – Flowing Grain Sticker

Warn workers, family members and anyone who visits your farm of the dangers of flowing grain with this SAFE Farms sticker. SW6010E

SAFE Farms Caution – Sharps Sticker

Warn workers that containers hold agricultural sharps and/or medicines with this SAFE Farms sticker. SW6008E  

SAFE Harvest Tip Sheet

Publication SW7043E

Services de soutien de la sécurité à la ferme

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Prepare for Emergencies

Publication SW7011E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Protect Workers Alone or in Isolation

Publication SW7013E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Communication, Orientation & Training

Publication SW7003E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Identify and Control Hazards

Publication SW7007E

SAFE Farms Tip Card: Times are Changing - Safety and Health on the Farm

Publication SW7018E

Farm Safety Support Services

SAFE Work Manitoba and Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) have partnered to offer Farm Safety Support Services to farm owners. Download this brochure for details. Publication SW1005E

04. SAFE Farms App

A report on using technology to make farms safer - along with a web-based farm safety app - is now available to the public. The Centre for Education and Work (CEW) has developed a series of web-based applications on farm safety...

SAFE Farms 7-Step Safety and Health Emergency Planning Kit

This 7-Step Safety and Health Emergency Planning Kit is designed to help prepare every farm for possible emergency situations. The booklet and pages below will help you assemble a written emergency plan of action that will help you, your workers and...

Sample SAFE Work Procedure Templates: Farms

SAFE Work Procedures (SWPs) must be developed and implemented for work tasks carried out at every workplace if there are risks that the work tasks could cause injury or illness to a worker.  They are developed by summarizing important information...

Sample SAFE Farms Inspection Templates

These SAFE Farms inspection templates provide a sample only for inspecting an agricultural tractor. It is designed to help you formulate an appropriate inspection form for your tractor.  You will have to customize this inspection for your specific...

Safety and Health Guide for Manitoba Farms

This guide has been developed in cooperation by the following partners: Manitoba Family Services and Labour, Workplace Safety and Health; Keystone Agricultural Producers; Manitoba Canola Growers; Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the...

SAFE Farms Tips from Farmers Tip Sheet 1

Here are SAFE Work tips from farmers and their families, submitted to our SAFE Farms contest in 2013! Publication SW7024E

SAFE Farms Lending Resources

The SAFE Farms SAFE Work Coordinator and your local MAFRD GO Team offices offer a selection of interactive lending resources to assist you in spreading the message about safety and health on the farm.

Farm SAFEty Checklist

The following safety and health checklist is intended to assist you in your daily farm operations. This checklist is general in nature and must be adapted to suit the specifics of your farming operation.

Health and Safety Smart Planner

  We also have instructional videos to show you how to use this tool. NOTE: This planner is a software-based tool that you will require to download onto your desktop and allow to run. If you have any questions on using either of these tools,...

SAFE Farms Brochure

SAFE Farms is an initiative of SAFE Manitoba, supported by Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health and the Worker’s Compensation Board of Manitoba. This brochure outlines what hazards to look for on farms and also provides SAFE Farms contact...

SAFE Farms Tips for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week - 2016

March 02, 2016

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is March 13 to 19 and this year's theme is: Be an Ag Safe Family - Keeping Kids Safe.
 

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SAFE Work Manitoba's drawing contest encourages young Manitobans to learn about farm safety

January 15, 2016

SAFE Work Manitoba is holding its annual drawing contest for young Manitobans ages 6-12, asking them to portray farm safety.

The drawing contest asks kids to draw and submit a picture that shows how to find a safer way when faced with one of four common hazards on the farm:

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The Glenlea Safety Project

May 11, 2015

By Colin Penner and Alysa McIntosh
Glenlea Farm Safety Team
School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
 

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SAFE Work Manitoba provides farmers free safety consultations for 2015 Agricultural Safety Week

March 16, 2015

To help farmers take a leadership role in making their farms safer, SAFE Work Manitoba is providing free consultation services for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2015. 

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SAFE Baler Operations

July 18, 2014

Balers beware!

We've got tips to help you operate machinery on your farm in a SAFE way. 

Today's tips are for the baler:

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SAFEguarding worker hearing

May 20, 2014

Did you know workplaces that expose workers to excessive noise levels put them at risk of developing noise induced hearing loss (NIHL)?
 

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SAFE Farms Spring SAFEty Alert: Use Caution When Meeting Agricultural Equipment on Roadways

April 25, 2014

Spring has arrived and producers will be working hard and long hours to get the crop in the ground.  During this period, there will be a lot of activity not only on farm yards but also on roadways.

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SAFE Farms Introduces new Emergency Planning Kit in time for Agricultural Safety Week

March 05, 2014

WINNIPEG – SAFE Work Manitoba has developed a new 7-Step Safety and Health Emergency Planning Kit to help farmers prepare for emergency situations. The kit debuts during Agricultural Safety Week which runs from March 9 to 15.

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OSHA Ammonium Nitrate campaign a reminder for farmers

February 11, 2014

Manitoba farmers – do you know how to safely handle ammonium nitrate in your operations?

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4-H Youth Promotes SAFE Farms and Wins an iPad! All Clear? Contest Reminded Farm Workers of Dangers of Run-overs

January 29, 2014

WINNIPEG – Logan Sitko, a nine-year-old from Oakburn, Manitoba is reaping the rewards of being a 4-H member by winning an iPad, thanks to his participation in a joint SAFE Farms and 4-H contest.

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MJHL Hockey Teams Help Share SAFE Work Message

January 29, 2014

WINNIPEG – SAFE Work Manitoba has partnered with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) to promote safety and health in the agricultural sector. A SAFE Farms contest will run this January and February.  

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New Year, New Videos

January 09, 2014

We just added a batch of new-to-us SAFE Farms videos to the SAFEManitoba.com Video Vault!

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SAFE Farms All Clear Winner Profile: Logan Sitko

January 09, 2014

SAFE Work and SAFE Farms are committed to ensuring everyone is SAFE on the farm – from workers to family members of all ages.

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Pesticides On The Farm: Protect Yourself, Family, and Workers.

May 17, 2013

Pesticides including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are commonly used on Manitoba farms.

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Slow Down and Be Patient When Meeting Agricultural Equipment on Roadways

May 13, 2013

Spring has arrived and producers will be working hard and long hours to get the crop in the ground. During this period, there will be a lot of activity not only on farm yards but also on roadways.

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New Workplace Safety and Health Regulations Effective February 1, 2011

October 26, 2010
The Workplace Safety and Health Regulation is changing to include new requirements to protect workers from psychological harassment in the workplace. The new provisions will address psychological harassment, such as intimidation, bullying and humiliation.
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New agricultural codes a safety measure

September 07, 2010
The Province of Manitoba has implemented a new building code system for agricultural structures.
The announcement separates agricultural buildings from all other buildings in the province in hopes that increased stringency will increase fire safety and reduce the number of hog barns lost to fire every year.
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Preventing Power Take-Off (PTO) Entanglements: The Basics

This video describes the shields required for power take-offs (PTOs) and outlines safe work procedures for operating PTOs to prevent entanglements.

Milk House Safety

This video demonstrates the importance of proper training and supervision of staff on a dairy farm, the proper use of personal protective equipment, the importance of checking and maintaining milking equipment along with proper handing, labeling and...

If You’re Driving for Work, You’re on the Job

If your employees are driving for work, they’re on the job. This video is a dramatic portrayal of employer responses to motor vehicle incidents, including the emotional impact on employers, workers and their families.

Distracted Driving – Three Seconds (Metric)

When you’re driving 50 kilometres an hour, you travel about 42 metres in 3 seconds. If your eyes aren’t on the road, a lot can change in that distance.

Distracted Driving – Three Seconds (Imperial)

When you’re driving 30 miles an hour, you travel about 140 feet in 3 seconds. If your eyes aren’t on the road, a lot can change in that distance.

Distracted Driving – Do You Know the Cost?

Do you know the real costs of a crash involving distracted driving on the job?

SAFE Farms for New Canadian and Temporary Workers – Spanish

This 15-minute video offers basic farm safety tips for New Canadian workers in the agriculture industry. The video can be used by farm owners to offer training in the worker’s first language.

SAFE Farms Video: Sun Safety

This video provides tips to protect workers from hazards associated with the sun and heat, as well as information about the signs of heat exhaustion.

SAFE Farms Video: Personal Protective Equipment

This video introduces the topic of personal protective equipment (PPE) and covers the importance of having – and wearing – the proper PPE to do the job safely.

SAFE Farms Video: Machinery Hazards

This video covers different machinery hazards workers may encounter on the farm and provides information on how to control them.  

SAFE Farms for New Canadian and Temporary Workers – Chinese

This 15-minute video offers basic farm safety tips for New Canadian workers in the agriculture industry. The video can be used by farm owners to offer training in the worker’s first language. The video covers seven topics related to job safety...

SAFE Farms Video: Knife Safety

This video provides tips and introduces procedures for safe knife use and storage.

SAFE Farms Video: Forklift

This video covers the necessary steps to ensure safe operation of a forklift, including licensing, training and safety inspections.

SAFE Farms Video: Chemicals and Pesticides

This video covers the importance of proper training when dealing with chemicals and pesticides. Topics include WHMIS training, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), personal protective equipment and more.

SAFE Farms Video: Animal Safety

This video provides tips and procedures to follow when working with animals, including dressing appropriately for the job, safe ways to approach an animal and more.

Rollover Protective Structures

Rollover protective structures (ROPS) are required on all tractors built after 2001 – and they can save your life when combined with a seat belt. This SAFE Farms video shows three scenarios that resulted in a tractor rollover and explains legal...

Health and Safety Smart Planner Video Tutorials

Developing a business case for a health and safety program requires research and analysis. The Health & Safety Smart Planner is a tool you need to help guide you through the planning process. Easy to use with instructional videos, the Smart Planner...

Safeguarding Machinery 2

When working in residential construction, taking a moment to ensure your machines are safeguarded can mean the difference between SAFE and not.

Safeguarding Machinery

When working in residential construction, taking a moment to ensure your machines are safeguarded can mean the difference between SAFE and not.

WHMIS

This video was created by WorkSafeBC and adapted with permission for SAFE Work Manitoba.

Electrical Safety on the Farm

To prevent extensive damage to your property and livestock, use farm equipment safely around electricity and ensure workers are trained in safe work procedures and emergency procedures for electrical hazards.

Overhead Power Lines

If your farm equipment or load exceeds a height of 4.15 metres (13’7”), a permit is required from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, Motor Carrier Permits and Development http://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/mcd/mcpd/. Here, producers can access permits, view the Weights and Dimensions guide, Winter Road and Spring Road Restrictions and anything else to do with transportation permits.

If your farm equipment or load exceeds a height of 4.8 metres (15’9”), a permit is also required from Manitoba Hydro. Visit http://www.hydro.mb.ca/safety/farm_safety/index.shtml to learn more about Overhead Power Lines Distance Guidelines and other farm related electrical safety information.

Excavation Permits

You are required to obtain an excavation permit from Workplace Safety and Health if you plan to do any excavation work on your farm. Learn more