BASF Canada is launching its BASF Safety Scouts program as a fun and interactive way to support family farm safety.

Through the new program, participants will receive a free safety vest and toolkit, and can take on the role of an official Safety Scout.

The program is part of BASF’s partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), and builds on the online Kids’ Safety Hub, an online resource to help farm families stay safe.

“At BASF, we value the health and safety of people above all else, which is why we’re focused on raising awareness about farm safety in a fun, educational way by bringing this program to farming families across Canada,” says Nicole McAuley, head of communications and public affairs at BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions. “The BASF Safety Scouts program aims to engage the next generation and ensure a safe, bright future for Canadian agriculture.”

The BASF Safety Scouts kit has been designed to help engage children in learning about farm safety and includes:

  • an adjustable child-sized safety vest, CSA Z96-15 compliant;
  • a customizable name badge;
  • safety-themed activity and colouring sheets;
  • a Safety Scouts reward badge; and,
  • an official membership certificate

Due to agriculture-related injuries between 2006 and 2015, 84 children and youth lost their lives, according to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting. To help bring the BASF Safety Scouts program to as many Canadian farming families as possible, registration is available through the Kid’s Safety Hub on CASA’s website.

CASA says that they share BASF’s commitment to advocating for farm safety, and providing Canada’s agriculture industry with the information and tools that stakeholders need to make farms a safe place to live, work, and play.

“One child death is simply one too many,” says Andrea Lear, chief executive officer at CASA. “BASF is recognized as a CASA Safety Champion, and we’re excited to continue our partnership. The launch of the BASF Safety Scouts program is a great added educational resource to support kids’ learning about farm safety in a fun, hands-on manner.”

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