Winnipeg, MB, August 31, 2016: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) will hold its 22nd annual conference, “Empowering the AgSafe Family – Keeping Kids Safe”, and annual general meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from October 4 – 6, 2016.
“Injuries are still too common on the farm,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “And far too often, these injuries involve children and young workers.”
That’s why at this year’s conference participants will learn about the developmental levels of youth and how to develop strategies to prevent injuries in young workers and children.
The conference opens with a welcoming reception featuring Maritime agricultural safety initiatives. On Wednesday, participants will hear an update on the status of agricultural health and safety in Canada, featuring Dr. Jim Dosman, the “father of agricultural medicine” in Canada and highlights from an attitudinal survey conducted by Farm Credit Canada. Participants will also hear from a panel of child safety experts including Casper Bendixsen, a social-cultural anthropologist and Marsha Salzwedel, Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist, from the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Rounding out Wednesday, attendees will see first-hand the inner workings and safety management of a potato processing plant at Cavendish Farms. Thursday will feature speakers from across Canada detailing successful safety programs for children and young farm workers.
Approximately 70 participants are expected to attend the conference. The deadline for the special conference rate at the Rodd Charlottetown expires Sunday, September 18. Call 800 565 7633 to reserve your accommodations. To register for the conference or for more information visit http://conference.casa-acsa.ca.
CASA has been organizing agricultural safety conferences for over 20 years to bring stakeholders together to work towards improving safety and encouraging safe behavior on Canadian farms. Thank you to 2016 conference supporters: Imperial Oil, Monsanto, ADL, AgSafe, Cavendish Farms, John Deere, MacDon, and Workers Compensation Board of PEI.
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.
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Robin Anderson, Communications Officer