Did you know?

58 Canadians died in work-related livestock incidents between 1990 and 2000 as noted by The Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program (CAISP).

Training New Workers

Training Young and New Workers

Adequate training and orientation for new workers is one part of a good Farm Safety Plan and demonstrates due diligence in your agricultural operation. Even more experienced workers may need an update on your current safety procedures. Remember to use positive feedback to encourage continued safe work practices. Here are the basics of training for a new task:

  1. Explain how the task is to be performed
  2. Demonstrate the correct procedure
  3. Point out the hazards
  4. Make sure the new worker can perform the task correctly and safety prior to allowing them to work alone
  5. Check in on the new worker frequently
All new workers should be:
  • Instructed in proper lifting techniques
  • Made aware of specific hazards
  • Instructed on how to deal with emergencies

Young workers may try to impress you and not tell you that they don’t know how to do something. Check out the NAGCAT guidelines if you are assigning tasks to children 7 to 16 years of age.  Older teens are still adolescents, are at risk, and must be appropriately trained and monitored.