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It seems that a lot of people who grew up in Southern Saskatchewan either grow up on a farm or have someone in their family who farms. Not growing up in the prairies means that there is always learning to be done when it comes to agriculture.

You mean canola oil isn't pumped from the ground?In the past, farm tradeshows were simply places where I could grasp an understanding of the agriculture industry. With the Saskatchewan Safety Council, it has blended learning with safety in the field (pun intended).

In the past month or so, we have been at Farm Progress Show in Regina, and the Ag in Motion show just north of Langham. Along the way, I’ve met some interesting people involved in Agriculture and they ask great safety questions.

“What kind of mask should I wear when cleaning out the grain bin?”

“What do you know about AEDs?”

“Do you know what I should have on when I work with the chemicals?”

“I knew a guy who used to mix the chemicals with his bare arm and hand. He would walk into a room and flowers would wilt.”***Ummmm…..ew.

***This is a true story that someone told me. Urban legend? Probably not.

Every time we speak with someone at these trade shows, I end up learning about agriculture and a little more about safe practices on the farm. Somehow, I always end up learning more about agriculture equipment and want to purchase it. If you have a test plot seeder or combine for sale, please contact the Saskatchewan Safety Council as I am interested in purchasing it.

As for the questions above:

The mask you should wear when cleaning out dust and debris is, at a bare minimum, a disposable N95 paper mask. If you are pulling it on and off constantly, consider a half face respirator with paper filters.

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, a portable machine that diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias and can treat them with electricity. If you are looking to purchase one, contact AED Sales & Service - amohle@sasktel.net. There are rules to follow, such as being trained on how to use it, maintenance, and you do require pre-authorization from your health region.

When working with chemicals, read the label and any safety data sheets that accompany it. These will tell you what to wear when working with that chemical.

-Merissa

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