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Services Overview

Respiratory Health Program for Farmers

An educational and respiratory screening service provided free of charge to rural residents in the Network RMs. Professionally trained staff work with farmers and their families in their local community to increase awareness of health and safety risks associated with respiratory hazards on the farm, develop methods to reduce their exposure and show how they and their family physician can monitor the effects such hazards have on their respiratory health. Respiratory Health Program Clinics for Farmers includes demonstration of respiratory personal protective equipment; blood pressure and lung function screening; and counselling and referral, based on participants’ respiratory health questionnaires and screening results.

Hearing Screening Service for Farmers

The Hearing Screening Service for Farmers is provided in a format similar to the Respiratory Health Program for Farmers. Professionally trained staff work with farmers and their families in their local community to increase awareness of noise hazards on the farm, develop methods to reduce their exposure to harmful noise and show how they and their physician can monitor the effects of hazardous noise on their hearing. Hearing screening includes demonstration of hearing protection and counselling and referral, based on participants’ questionnaires and screening results.

Annual Package

An annual package promoting health and safety on the farm is delivered to all farm families in the Network. “Tractor Safety”, “Skin Health for Farmers” and “Drive Shaft Safety” are examples of Annual Package topics.

Network News

A newsletter produced and delivered twice a year to all farm families in the Network that focuses on health and safety issues in rural Saskatchewan, research updates and Network activities.

Fact Sheets and other Resources

Fact sheets, booklets and DVDs covering a wide range of farm occupational health and safety topics are available online or by request from the Network office. “Hantavirus”, “Respiratory Hazards: Molds and Fungi” and “How to Wash Clothing Used While Spraying Agrochemicals” are examples.

SARM 90th Anniversary Scholarship

The Network awards this $1000 scholarship for the best farm safety essay by a rural student pursuing post-secondary education. Application forms are available at all RM offices as well online.

Speakers and Displays

Speakers and displays on agricultural health and safety topics are available for council meetings, annual ratepayers’ meetings, fairs, trade shows and other events in your municipality.

Workshops

Network staff offer a variety of workshops to suit the needs of the Rural Municipality and the community.  Please contact us for a list of available workshops.

Interested? Questions?

Call your RM office to request a program in your area.

To have your RM become a member, request materials or have agriculture health and safety questions answered call (306) 966-6644 or email aghealthandsafety@usask.ca.