AgSafe Alberta Resources
The following resources will help you get up to speed on the basics. Find the forms and templates you need to start your own safety plan, provide simple training for your employees, plus important links to WCB and Occupational Health and Safety materials.
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OHS Guideline Documents
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Information on Youth working in Ag
Workers Compensation Board of Alberta (WCB)
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
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The compliance guides provided here are for reference purposes only and will not relieve persons using them from their obligations under the applicable legislation. Compliance guides may be removed from the website at any time.
A comprehensive overview of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Alberta and how it applies to your farm or ranch.
Specific Compliance Guides
For the latest information and announcements on COVID-19 from the Government of Alberta, click here.
For the latest information and announcements on COVID-19 from the Government of Canada, click here.
Alberta OHS has provided some resources for employers, click here.
Create a team for managing the COVID-19 situation around your worksite. It is best to have more than one person in case someone falls ill.
A hazard assessment should be completed at your workplace and controls implemented to help prevent the spread. Follow the recommendations from the provincial and federal government updates. Communicate this with your employees.
Farms can encourage social distancing through administrative controls like:
- Engaging your employees in planning for the management of everyone’s health and safety
- Having morning huddles to divide tasks (can be done outside or by phone)
- Change schedules so that employees arrive at different times and have different break times
You should also review your emergency response plan, see the FarmSafe Plan manual and workbook for information on emergency response planning. Plan for what work has to be done with a reduced workforce and cross train employees if possible.
Watch for signs of stress in your employees. Encourage them to talk to others and to reach out for help if they are feeling overwhelmed. Alberta Mental Health advice is available 24/7 at 1-877-303-2642.
The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC) has created a dedicated webpage with the latest information, recommendations, employee management tips, tools (posters, policies) and links to authorities. click here.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has also created a COVID-19 resource page for agriculture employers. click here.
Also check with your provincial or national commodity organizations as they may have information available for your specific operation. click here.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has a list of questions and answers (Q&As) related to COVID-19's impact on animals. click here.