Perth Wellington MPP hosts virtual farm safety seminar

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. (Submitted photo)

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece is co-hosting the first information session in a series to help farmers and agri-food operators protect workers.

The provinces Workplace Safety and Prevention Services is launching the virtual forums to ensure workers’ health and safety and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. They will provide guidance on the requirements, health and safety best practices to manage the risk, especially those with employees and temporary foreign workers.

Pettapiece looks forward to cohosting along with Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to provide more resources to enhance health and safety on the farm.  Other participants include Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.

“I know farmers and agri-food operators care deeply about their workers’ health and safety,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “There’s an abundance of resources and information out there and these sessions will help each farmer and agri-food business in their ongoing efforts to improve their own workplaces to protect their workers.”

The upcoming session for Oxford, Middlesex, Perth, Wellington, Kitchener and Conestoga will support agriculture workplaces, including those with temporary foreign agriculture workers or other employees, to prepare effective measures and training based on evidence-based practices. It will also introduce tools and resources to assist these workplaces to implement these practices and includes access to up to two days of individualized consulting and training services by WSPS experts for their business.

The webinar will take place February 26.at 1:30 PM. Registration is open until Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM.  Attendees are asked to register by emailing meaghan.martin@ontario.ca.