Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers *Updated!*

New agricultural employees need to know about their health and safety responsibilities, legislation, hazards, and how to work safely.

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Two agricultural workers with vegetables and silos.

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Agricultural operations include a wide range of situations, from farms to animal husbandry. Every agricultural operation is a workplace, and every workplace has hazards. This two-part course provides a general introduction to occupational health and safety for new agricultural workers. New workers include:

  • People of all ages who are starting a new job
  • Young workers under the age of 25
  • People transferred from other parts of the organization
  • Those whose workplace processes and hazards have changed

Participants will gain knowledge of workers' rights that are protected by health and safety legislation, understand the role of health and safety programs within a workplace, and learn how to identify job-related hazards and how to work safely.

This course also provides guidance on hazards that are common to agricultural operations: working alone, violence, working with chemicals, slips and falls, lifting by hand, machinery and equipment, confined spaces, electricity, and handling animals.

This course is highly interactive. Pop-ups, external links, review questions, and activities are used to apply learning throughout. There is a self-assessment quiz to test understanding of the material at the end of Part 1. At the end of Part 2, those who score at least 80% on the final exam will be able to print a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Recognizing workplace hazards
  • Occupational health and safety law
  • General approaches to working safely
  • Working safely - specific hazards
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • Who to ask for help

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain the three fundamental rights of workers in health and safety legislation
  • Describe the general duties of employers and workers
  • List the six basic types of workplace hazards
  • Understand how workplace hazards are controlled and steps you can take to protect yourself
  • Recognize the basic elements of an occupational health and safety program
  • Know who to ask for help with health and safety matters

This course is divided into two parts. Average time to complete this course is about 90 minutes.

Funding for this e-course was provided by the Farm Credit Canada Ag Safety Fund (FCC), and funding administered by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

Target Audience

This course is suitable for workers in all agricultural organizations of all sizes.



Delivery Method

This course is delivered online and requires Internet access and Adobe Flash 10.3 or higher.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

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