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Catching up with our neighbors.
J Agric Saf Health 2006 Nov; 12(4):253-254
In 1993, as the agricultural safety and health movement was gaining momentum in developed countries, Australia and Canada adopted similar approaches to substantially improve working conditions for agricultural workers. Now with a 13-year track record, both Australia and Canada have successful national coalitions of leaders in agribusinesses, agricultural organizations, federal and state/province entities, and other groups to set and implement national strategies. These two countries report notable success in reducing agricultural injuries and fatalities, implementing successful worker training programs, securing national and private sector funding for priority tasks (e.g., tracking injury trends), improving relations across competing commodity groups, and handling policy issues (both avoidance of undesired policies and adoption of desired farm safety policies). Conversations with leaders of FarmSafe Australia, Inc. (<a href="http://www.farmsafe.org.au/index.php?article=content/home"target="_blank">http://www.farmsafe.org.au/index.php?article=content/home</a>) and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association formerly known as the Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health) revealed that each group had a slow and sometimes tenuous startup phase. They weathered initial problems, and they modified their infrastructure and policies along the way. They now believe they have a practical and effective national approach for improving health and safety for agricultural workers. Furthermore, their annual conferences provide valuable opportunities for open communications between producers, organizations, and safety professionals.
Farmers; Tractors; Occupational-hazards; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Children; Safety-education; Safety-programs; Safety-measures; Safety-practices
Issue of Publication
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation