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Agriculture Initiative

The Agriculture Initiative was developed through the examination of claims data and identification of work activities with the highest potential for causing serious injury or death. The initiative focuses prevention activities on identified factors that drive serious and general injuries, in order to apply resources and effort where they will be most effective.

Our goals

The primary goal of the 2021–2023 Agriculture Initiative is to prevent injuries, including serious and fatal injuries, in the agriculture subsector and the winery classification unit.

Our focus

2022 inspectional approach

For 2022 inspections, prevention officers will take a risk-based approach to ensure that the most significant risks are effectively managed. This approach involves workers and employers identifying hazards, evaluating risks, and implementing the appropriate controls specific to the on-site activities. In addition, it focuses on employers ensuring these efforts are effectively communicated to workers and monitored through foundational occupational health and safety systems such as orientations, training, supervision, incident investigations, worksite inspections, and (where applicable) joint health and safety committees that are robust and well supported.

The primary areas of focus for the 2021–2023 initiative are based on risk and claims data. They are:

  • Falls from the same elevation and falls from movable ladders
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Cannabis extraction – A new emerging industrial process
  • Worker safety while mixing and loading concentrated pesticides – A new focus for 2022

In previous years, the Agriculture Initiative identified other significant hazards that create high risks for serious injury and fatality. These areas will continue to be part of all inspections in the agriculture industry. They include:

  1. Workers struck by machinery, animals, and equipment
  2. Confined spaces
  3. Safety programs
  4. Tractor safety
  5. Safeguarding and lockout
  6. New and young worker orientation and training
  7. Pesticide storage and use

What you can do

Our Agriculture pages provide resources and information on how to understand and address some of the health and safety issues to focus on in your industry.