Grant Supports Health & Safety On Farms, Ranches

Grant Supports Health & Safety On Farms, Ranches
Posted on 11/14/2018
The Alberta government has announced a grant will help eligible agriculture employers comply with new occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements and offset some of the costs employers may incur in complying with OHS regulations for farms and ranches, which take effect Dec. 1, 2018.

Program details:
- Applications open Oct. 15, 2018 and the program runs until March 2021.
- Farms and ranches with waged, non-family workers and a WCB account may apply for the grant.
- The grant covers up to 50 per cent of eligible safety expenses to a maximum of $5,000 per year or $10,000 over the life of the program per eligible applicant. Expenses going back to Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible under the program.

- Eligible expenses include things like:
  - First aid kits, fire extinguishers and warning signage.
  - Respirators, eye and hearing protection.
  - Health and safety programs, courses, education, training and consultant fees.
  - Seatbelt installation, warning lights and auger guards to improve equipment safety.

Online resources:

Visit the program website for more information, the funding list or to apply today: agriculture.alberta.ca/farmhsgrant.

Visit alberta.ca/farm-and-ranch-ohs for more information on the occupational health and safety requirements that come into effect for some farms and ranches on Dec. 1, 2018.