Farm Safety Program
Employer-Employee Responsibilities on the Farm
Farmers are not exempt from Saskatchewan’s health and safety laws. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 covers the health and safety of both farmers and farm employees.
The Act sets standards for health and safety in the workplace. It states the responsibilities, duties and rights of employers, workers, contractors and suppliers to establish and maintain safe and healthy working conditions at their worksites.
Because the Act and Regulations can be used to penalize workplaces for non-compliance, it is important to implement health and safety practices at your workplace.
OHS is responsible for inspections of workplaces including farms and farm-related businesses. It responds to complaints, as well as conducting routine inspections. Staff provide assistance and advice to employees and employers about how to improve the safety of their farm operations.
General Responsibilities of the Farmer or Farm Operator
A farmer or farm operator must:
General Responsibilities of the Farm Worker
A farm worker must:
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (includes amendments that came into force on November 7, 2012)
Saskatchewan people can now access read-only versions of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards through View Access - a pilot project aimed at providing easy access to CSA occupational health and safety standards. View Access will help employers in our province and across Canada comply with health and safety legislation and contribute to an overall culture of health and safety.