Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is encouraging members of the local agricultural community to sign up for some upcoming safety webinars.
The Ontario Government, through Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), is providing information sessions to help farmers and agri-food business operators better protect workers’ health and safety and prevent workplace COVID-19 outbreaks.
The 2021 growing season is already underway in some parts of the agri-food industry and temporary foreign agricultural workers have started to arrive in Ontario. These information sessions will help all farmers and operators enhance health and safety requirements and apply best practices in their operations.
“This is a terrific opportunity for the agricultural community, farmers and farm operators in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound to get the most up-to-date information about keeping their workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Walker. “I would encourage anybody with an interest to participate in what will be highly informative webinars.”
“Our farmers and agri-food business operators have gone to great lengths ensuring the health and safety of their workers during COVID-19,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “With a lot of resources and information for farmers to enhance workplace safety, these sessions will help agri-food business in their ongoing efforts to improve workplace safety and better protect their workers.”
The upcoming sessions will support agriculture workplaces, including those with temporary foreign agriculture workers or other employees, to prepare for and put in place effective measures and training based on evidence-based practices. It will also introduce tools and resources to assist these workplaces to implement these practices and includes access to up to two days of individualized consulting and training services by WSPS experts for their business.
These health and safety webinars are open to all farmers and farm operators across the province; four sessions remain on April 22, 26 and 29, 2021. To register for one of the sessions, please visit: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/webinars.