New grain safety program debuts in Canada

13.01.2017

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) has launched BeGrainSafe, a new grain safety program. The program officially will debut at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon from Jan.17-19.

The BeGrainSafe program includes four educational components, including a mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit; an interactive trade show display; table-top youth displays for youth ages 8 to 12; and a BeGrainSafe website.

“Manitoba Ag Days is an excellent venue to launch this program,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of CASA. “Ag Days has time and again shown commitment to farm safety. This launch gives CASA the opportunity to showcase the program to farmers, their families and the generous sponsors that have made BeGrainSafe a reality.”

CASA said it will bring a mobile demonstration unit from the United States for the Manitoba Ag Days meeting, but a Canadian version will be on the road across the Canadian Prairies in the spring.

The BeGrainSafe program, the first of its kind in Canada, will work to bring rescue training to first responders, educate the public about the dangers of moving grain and will be used to provide in-depth prevention and emergency plan training to workplaces.

CASA said it has planned several BeGrainSafe events for 2017, including FarmTech in Edmonton, Alberta, from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and Crop Connect in Winnipeg from Feb. 14-15.

The BeGrainSafe Program is supported by sponsors and donors, including: G3, Crop Production Services, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Red Deer County, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Viterra, Prairie Oat Growers Association, Manitoba Ag Days, DuPont, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Meridian and Real Agriculture.


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