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FREE Online Agriculture Training System

The Online Agriculture Training System or OATS, is a high quality, interactive agricultural safety awareness training course developed by the Saskatchewan Safety Council and its FREE! Share what you learn on Facebook.

This training system is a general orientation for young or new farm workers and an excellent source of information for more experienced workers or other people interested agriculture. The course provides a general introduction and overview of health and safety hazards and risks on most farms.

The online format provides the use of interactive scenarios, visuals, audio and text-based learning in a self-paced environment. Users can save their progress and login from multiple locations allowing them flexibility in completing the program. This removes barriers of time and location. Downloadable resources will also be accessible throughout the course.

The entire course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and users receive a printable certificate upon successful completion.

The online program is completely free, thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors. All you need is an Email address to sign up, and you will be able to login, save your progress and continue as many times as you wish. Your progress will be saved so you do not need to worry about completing the entire course in one sitting. As this course is filled with information, we suggest not attempting to complete it in one sitting. Instead, break it into 45-60 minute segments.

*As with any training program, the material and information presented in OATS is intended as a best practice guide and reference to the subjects covered only. It must be noted that no training course should ever be treated as a definitive guide to the subject as a whole. The participants in this course should take all reasonable steps to stay current in the subject matters included. Any guidelines discussed during the course may not be appropriate in all circumstances or for all farm operations and the Saskatchewan Safety Council does not accept any liability arising out of the application of the material presented therein.

The Saskatchewan Safety Council’s roots in agriculture safety can be traced to 1962 with the formation of our Farm Division. Much of the early work of the Farm Division was to track, and report on, agriculture related injuries and deaths. Between 1970 and 1980, farm machinery fatalities had doubled and it was clear that something had to be done. Since its inception, the Farm Division took the lead in several farm safety groups and initiatives. A few of the initiatives are:

  • Created the Farm Safety Video Program which, over time, was renamed the Farm Safety Resource Library and expanded to include print and online resources.
  • A member of the Saskatchewan Alliance for Agriculture and Safety from the group’s inception.
  • Founding member of the Agricultural Health & Safety Council of Melville, which included representation from the RM, a medical health officer, and a public health nurse.
  • Embarked on a farm safety awareness campaign through a series of Public Service announcements in the mid-1980s.
  • Developed and delivered injury prevention workshops – Farm Safety Workshops for Women; Farm Safety for the Family; Farm Safety School Presentations; and the Pesticide Safety workshop was developed and added to the offerings as a result of a generous donation.
  • Formed the Farm Safety Speaker’s Bureau.
  • Implemented the Farm Safety Team, a group of teens and disabled farmers who were trained to deliver Saskatchewan Safety Council presentations, in 2000 the program was renamed, “Power PAC Farm Safety Team”. In the first year the team reached 8000 students in 134 schools. By the time the program wrapped up, three “Safety on the Farm” videos had been produced and over 1500 presentations on safety and injury prevention had reached more than 400,000 students in 300+ schools.
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