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Orientation on Health and Safety for New Agricultural Workers

This interactive lesson teaches about safety behavior, legislation and recognition of job-related hazards. Furthermore, the lesson is a guide in hazards that are common in the broad range of agricultural work, including working alone, violence, working with chemicals, slips and falls, lifting by hand, machinery and equipment, confined spaces, electricity, and handling animals. The lesson is especially made for new workers in agriculture, since these workers appear to have higher rates of injuries in the first months after starting their job. The situations and legal aspects describe the specific Canadian situation, but also hold more in general.

The lesson consists of three parts: (1) Introduction: recognition and laws, (2) Overview: safe working and safety programs, and (3) Examination. The lesson is not free-of-charge (see under). and consists of ready-to-use material. The text can also be downloaded. The material is appropriate for any worker in agriculture and no prerequisites are demanded. Registering is necessary before the lesson can be approached. The lesson includes several questions, feedback on these and a self test.

The lesson is available in two languages: English and French. For the direct link to the French version of the lesson, see the Comments block.


English, French

Original Authors:

Not indicated

Original affiliation, ownership:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Hamilton (ON), Canada

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

$49 CAD


Target group(s):

Workers or managers; or in vocational training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

More or less useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

Approximately 2 hours


The lesson is part of a large collection of modules and courses, in majority not-free-of-charge that are offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). For an overview look at: .
English version direct link:
French version direct link:

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The module is free to use. However, a general statement on copyrights for all material presented by the CCOHS can be found under It states the following: “All rights reserved. Permission is granted to electronically copy and to print in hard copy for internal use only. No part of this information may be reproduced, modified, or redistributed in any form or by any means, for any purposes other than those noted above (including sales), without the prior written permission of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).”

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