On December 1, 2018 the Occupational Health and Safety Code (OH&S Code) will apply to farms and ranches that employ waged, non-family workers. This means Alberta farm and ranch workers will have similar health and safety protections as workers in other industries and other parts of Canada.
To assist agricultural producers, a new farm and ranch safety grant launched October 15 to help eligible agriculture employers comply with new occupational health and safety requirements.
The grant will help offset some of the costs employers may incur in complying with the new regulations. Up to $6 million is available through the program during the next three years.
Applications opened on Oct. 15, 2018 and the program runs until March 2021. Farms and ranches with waged, non-family workers and a Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) account may apply for the grant. The grant covers up to 50 per cent of eligible safety expenses to a maximum of $5,000 per year or $10,000 over the life of the program per eligible applicant.
Expenses going back to Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible under the program. Eligible expenses (with receipts) include things like:
- First aid kits, fire extinguishers and warning signage.
- Respirators, eye and hearing protection.
- Health and safety programs, courses, education and training.
- Seatbelt installation, warning lights and auger guards to improve equipment safety.
- Education, training and consultant fees.
For grant information and forms, go to: www.agriculture.alberta.ca/farmhsgrant
For more information on OH&S Code Requirements for Farms and Ranches contact the following:
OH&S Contact Centre: Toll-free: 1-866-415-8690