Health and Safety

Published on Thu, 01/15/2009 by Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Fact Sheet # 9: Do you have a farm safety plan?

Fact Sheet # 9: Do you have a farm safety plan?

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Worker protection, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and technical feasibility are the three key considerations in the development of any safety program. Hazards exist in every workplace so strategies to protect workers are essential whether the worker is the owner-operator or an employee. The health and well being of both humans and the business depend on it.

Published on Thu, 01/15/2009 by Canadian Federation of Agriculture

"Holy smokes! Maybe I'm dying here!"

"Holy smokes! Maybe I'm dying here!"

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by Theresa Whalen-Ruiter
CFA Farm Safety Coordinator

"I remember like it was yesterday. The freezing rain was stinging my face and I was lying there in the mud - so cold - with the horses sniffing and milling around above me. I could feel a painful heat and numbness rising up my body from my legs – like boiling water. All I could think was, 'Holy smokes! Maybe I’m dying here!'"

These are the words of Edwin Taylor of Grand Valley, Ontario, a survivor of a horrific farm incident that changed his life and his family’s in an instant.

Published on Thu, 01/15/2009 by Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Lomond Farms brand includes safety

Lomond Farms brand includes safety

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by Theresa Whalen-Ruiter
CFA Farm Safety Coordinator

One hundred and five acres on three locations, 12 fruit and vegetable crops staffed or worked by six to 25 seasonal employees and two minor injuries in 20 years of business. That’s a farm safety success story!

Published on Mon, 01/05/2009 by Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Farm Safety – Picture it!

Farm Safety – Picture it!

Ottawa-- They say a picture is worth a thousand words...and Canada's leading farm safety advocates agree!

An on-line farm safety photo library has been created on www.casa-acsa.ca with 80 photos showing the safe way to work on farms or ranches. The project is being launched by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), in partnership with Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited, and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

Published on Mon, 01/05/2009 by Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Stress a major health issue in Canada

Stress a major health issue in Canada

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The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. However, stress that continues without relief can cause damage to the cardiovascular, immune and digestive systems – not to mention our overall mental health. This physical damage compromises our body's ability to fight infection and disease which can in turn, lead to other illnesses. Research has found that the risk factors caused by chronic stress causes as much as 60% to 90% of all illnesses (http://www.newsweek.com/id/150199/page/2).

Published on Mon, 01/05/2009 by High View Communications

Start off the year with a healthy diet & maintain your budget in 2009

Start off the year with a healthy diet & maintain your budget in 2009

By Amy Snider, Professional Home Economist

Oops, we did it again! Filling up on holiday cheer, we stopped counting calories and dollars and abandoned ourselves to the joys of the season. No need to fret: Making up for holiday overload may be easier than you think.

Published on Fri, 12/19/2008 by Public Health Agency of Canada

No cough and cold medication for children under six

No cough and cold medication for children under six

Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

As you might have already heard, the Government of Canada has recently announced a plan to re-label many common over-the-counter cough and cold medications for children. Under the new guidelines, parents and caregivers should no longer be giving cough and cold medications with particular ingredients to children under the age of six. For a list of the ingredients to look for, please visit the Health Canada website at: http://www.healthcanada.gc.ca/coughandcold

Published on Wed, 12/17/2008 by Canada Health Infoway

ATTN: QUEBEC NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Technology improving Quebec health care

ATTN: QUEBEC NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Technology improving Quebec health care

The expansion of digital diagnostic imaging systems across Quebec is giving emergency department staff better access to the specialized knowledge needed to make life-saving diagnoses.

Published on Wed, 12/17/2008 by Canada Health Infoway

ATTN: NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Digital technology saving lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

ATTN: NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Digital technology saving lives in Newfoundland and Labrador

Thanks to digital diagnostic imaging, a 10-year-old boy from the Island of Newfoundland is alive today.

The youngster needed brain surgery but was too sick to be transported to a major surgical centre to get treatment. Using real-time support through diagnostic imagery, neurosurgical and radiology experts in St. John's were able to support and direct a general surgeon hundreds of miles away in Goose Bay who performed the delicate procedure. The surgery was crucial in saving the boy's life after he suffered extensive head trauma in an ATV accident.

Published on Wed, 12/17/2008 by Canada Health Infoway

ATTN: ALBERTA NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Digital technology saving lives in Alberta

ATTN: ALBERTA NEWS/HEALTH EDITORS - Digital technology saving lives in Alberta

Alberta's digital diagnostic imaging and electronic health record network is helping to save lives across the province. That's because patients can get same-day results from key medical tests, and faster access to treatment.

Digitized diagnostic images, including x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans, allow clinicians to view patient images no matter where the test was conducted or the location of the clinician. The sharing and remote access to images is enabled by Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS).

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