For over two decades, CASA has been partnering with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to review and develop agricultural machinery standards in Canada that help make farming safer. Through CASA’s financial support of the Technical Committee on Agricultural Machinery, CSA has been able to stay on top of new technology—adopting, reaffirming or publishing nationally recognized standards that equipment manufacturers can use to improve the safety and ergonomic design of their products for farmers and agri-business alike. Thousands of farms in Canada buy safer equipment each year thanks to this important work.
Did you know?
- Agricultural machinery and equipment is a factor in 70 per cent of farm fatalities, and many more injuries.
- Design flaws, misuse/misapplication, and improper maintenance of agricultural equipment are key factors contributing to injuries.
- Compliance with CSA standards, better training and communications through manuals and signage can address many of the root causes of injury.
Members of the CSA Technical Committee on Agricultural Machinery meet twice a year to review standards.
CASA created Speak Up For Safer Equipment — an online reporting tool — to support primary producers who have concerns about agricultural equipment manufactured within the last five years. If you believe that the design of your equipment is dangerous or doesn’t meet safety standards, CASA will assess your concern and either address the manufacturer or bring your concern up with the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Agricultural Machinery.
What Concerns Do We Handle?
- Concerns related to the occupational safety and health of operators and or bystanders while agricultural equipment is utilized for the production of primary agricultural products.
What Concerns Don’t We Handle?
- Matters where legal proceedings have been initiated.
- Labour relations issues.
- Concerns from workers without the owner’s consent.
- Issues related to financial transactions.
- Issues related to consumer products intended for residential lawn and garden maintenance.
- Issues related to off road recreational vehicles designed and primarily used for recreational purposes.
- Concerns about equipment older than five years.
How Do We Deal With Your Concern?
- Received concerns will be assessed to ensure that they are within the scope of CASA’s mandate.
- You will receive confirmation of receipt of your concern.
- Your concern will be forwarded to the appropriate manufacturer’s representative if the matter is considered unique to a particular manufacturer; OR your concern (with personal identifiers and manufacturer identifiers removed) will be forwarded to the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Agricultural Machinery if the matter is considered as a universal design issue.
- CASA will contact you when updated information is available.
- The manufacturer or representative of the manufacturer may contact you directly at their discretion.