January 2014
Ag Safety Week 2014 
This year, CASA and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture are pleased to announce that Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2014 will take place in the third week of March, from March 9 to 15 via the theme Let’s Talk About It! which focuses on engaging communities in conversations about farm safety. While most producers, their families, agricultural workers, and communities would likely agree that safety is important, it’s not always easy to talk about safety. Yet communication is a key factor in promoting safety in the farm workplace and on the family farm. Stay tuned to www.agsafetyweek.ca for the full unveiling of this year’s campaign in early February, which will include launch activities in Alberta, more than 20 free downloadable producer tools, stories, posters and more! CASA and CFA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and partners for helping to make CASW possible, including the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, Farm Credit Canada, Ag for Life, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Farmers of North America, CHS, Imperial Oil and Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited.
FCC Ag Safety Fund Update
This past fall, CASA and FCC teamed up for a fourth year to distribute granting dollars to charitable and non-profit organizations looking to deliver farm safety training programs in their communities or within the sector. The application period for the FCC Ag Safety Fund closed in late October 2013. In early 2014, successful project recipients will be notified and FCC and CASA will announce these exciting new projects. In the past three years, over $300,000 has been distributed to 28 recipients undertaking everything from safe livestock handling workshops to tractor safety training and sleep improvement seminars. This year, approximately $100,000 will be distributed among successful applicants. For more information on the fund or to browse through previous project descriptions, visit: http://casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.

CASA Conference 2014

Save the Date. 2014 marks the twentieth year of national CASA conferences! To celebrate this milestone, CASA is bringing farm safety to the nation’s capital in Ottawa, Ontario! The conference will run from October 7–9, 2014. For updates and new developments on this important event, check back to CASA’s website at www.casa-acsa.ca. As well, a special thank you to conference organizer Diane Wreford for a wonderful 2013 conference in Québec City, Québec this past October. Approximately 70 individuals from across the industry took part in CASA’s 19 annual conference, which focused on new and migrant workers. For pictures from the 2013 conference, visit CASA’s Facebook page. 
Message from the Chair
With the holiday season behind us, and another year just beginning, now is a good time to reflect on the year that was and the possibilities of the year to come.
In January 2013, we released a report from Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) on fatal injuries between 1990 and 2008. The data highlights some encouraging trends, such as a 38 per cent decline in the overall agricultural fatality rate, but also quantifies some troubli
ng vulnerabilities, including a higher than average fatality rate for producers 80 years of age or older, and a stubbornly unchanged fatality rate for children. Overall the report signals that there is still much to do to improve farm safety in Canada. For more information visit: www.cair-sbac.ca.

In March CASA worked with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), Farm Credit Canada (FCC), and many local partners to launch Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in Truro, Nova Scotia and Guelph, Ontario. Over 100 people took part in activities, which included for the first time a training component for producers, students, and ag safety professionals, testimonials from producers and speeches from officials and local leaders (see speaker videos). Thank you to Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, and other partners for working together to make our launch activities so successful.

In April CASA partnered for the third year in a row with FCC to distribute $125,000 in grants to organizations undertaking farm safety training projects across the country. We wish to thank FCC for their continued support. As some of you may know, 2013 marked the final year of the Canadian Agricultural Safety and Health Program (CASHP)—a farm safety granting initiative funded for almost two decades by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). We wish to thank AAFC for this particular successful government partnership and all the project recipients over the years. CASHP leaves a strong legacy of farm safety education throughout rural Canada.

The summer was another busy season for Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®. The rural farm safety educational events for children and communities continues to grow, with approximately 13,000 children and participants taking part in events across the country—the largest number of participants since the events were introduced to Canada in 2002! Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors that continue to make Safety Days such a success.

And who could forget CASA’s fall farm safety conference in la belle province of Québec. Approximately 70 farmers, safety professionals, suppliers, trainers, manufacturers and researchers descended on Québec City in October to learn from the best and brightest of Québec’s farm safety community and explore the safety needs of new and migrant workers. A huge thank you to our sponsors, to l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and the Quebec Farmers’ Association for being such excellent hosts, and to Ferme Avicoles Orléans Inc. and Fraisière Lemelin SENC for opening up their operations for the benefit of our conference farm tour.
 
In October 2013 at CASA’s AGM and Conference, I was honoured to assume the officer post of Chair of the Board of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, and to be re-elected to the Board. While this is my first term as Chair, immediately previous to that I served as Vice Chair and have been involved with CASA for approximately fifteen years. While I am a familiar face to the CASA Board, Tara Huestis, Farm Safety Specialist with the Workers Compensation Board of PEI, is a new face, and assumes the role of Director representing government. Welcome Tara. Huestis won her seat by acclamation. This is her first term on the Board. Filling out the remainder of the Board, Lauranne Sanderson, Department Head of Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, resumes her role as Treasurer, while Billy Woods, producer from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, continues as Secretary. Charan Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Intercultural Community Services, and Niels Koehncke, Acting Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, continue their Board terms. Thank you to Dean Anderson for four wonderful terms as Chair (Anderson now assumes the post of Vice Chair), to outgoing Board member Suzanne Young for her service, and to the remainder of the CASA Board members for continuing to move CASA forward through 2013 into 2014.


With 2013 behind us, 2014 is gearing up to be an exciting year of new developments:
  • After several months of negotiation, CASA expects to announce a new funding agreement with AAFC in the New Year;
  • CASA also expects to fill final seats on the Board of the FarmSafe Foundation, a registered Canadian charity supporting the educational initiatives of CASA. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca/how-you-can-help;
  • CASA will also be hiring a Development Officer to help the organization expand its donor base and is pleased to announce that a number of new sponsors will be coming on board to support CASA activities in 2014 including TransCanada Corporation (Safety Days), and Ag for Life, CHS, Imperial Oil and Farmers of North America (Canadian Agricultural Safety Week);
  • FCC will be also be collaborating with CASA for a fourth year of FCC Ag Safety Funding (successful project recipients will be announced in early 2014);
  • Canadian Agricultural Safety Week will bring launch activities, training, and new partners to the province of Alberta from March 9–15, 2014;
  • And lastly, don’t forget to mark October 7–9, 2014 on your calendars. CASA will be hosting its twentieth annual farm safety conference in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.
Stay tuned for these and other announcements in 2014! On behalf of the Board and staff of CASA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, partners and supporters for continuing to make farm safety a priority. If you are new to CASA, connect with us on Facebook or twitter, or contact us at info@casa-acsa.ca to find out how you can get more involved.

Denis Bilodeau, CASA Chair



Stay Safe in the Snow
With winter plunging a good part of North America into mind-numbing, frigid temperatures, CASA is publishing some no-nonsense winter safety advice articles in our regular farm safety column in Grainews. In the December 2, 2013 issue, CASA focuses on snow clearing on the farm. From pre-clearing prep to safety when operating snow clearing machinery in the farm yard, removing snow on the farm involves large equipment with blind spots, visibility challenges and fast-moving parts. Snow clearers are at the mercy of the elements, often working alone and sometimes in a hurry, so make time to operate snow clearing equipment safely. To read the full article, visit the digital issue of Grainews (pg. 3) at: http://www.agcanada.com/issue/grainews-38/. In the next issues of Grainews, CASA continues to explore safety and winter weather woes: including ice safety around frozen water bodies on the farm (January 6, 2014), surviving a cold water emergency (January 20, 2014), clearing snow off of rooftops (February 3, 2014) and manual snow shovelling (February 10). Check www.grainews.ca to read digital Grainews articles, and stay warm!
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