Personal Protection and Training, Auditing Best Management Practices
A safe work environment is the employers responsibility and is very important in the Canadian pork industry. Some protection used commonly includes hearing protection, dust masks and hydrogen sulphide monitors. The monitors should be used in key day-to-day activities, not just in pit pulling. This includes during power washing, as hydrogen sulphide levels often rise during this procedure. More barns should participate in hydrogen sulphide training which should occur every three years. Reducing stress in pigs make pig handling safer and easier. Reducing prod use, using appropriate group sizes and handling boards all promote the ease of loading pigs.