Questions occasionally arise about how sheet steel building products meet the requirements of the National and Provincial building codes related to fire protection. The objective of this Fact Sheet is to highlight certain building code requirements and show how sheet steel building products comply. Read more here:
Recommendations - Barn Features to Accommodate Modular Loading of Poultry
Recommendations for new barns and for retrofitting existing poultry barns as recommended by The Association of Ontario Chicken Processors (AOCP), The Poultry Services Association (PSA), and the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO), effective July 2017:
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Sheet Steel Products and Pressure Treated Wood
Many buildings will include wood members in applications such as sill plates, splash boards, strapping, purlins, door or window bucks, and posts. In some of these end-uses it is a requirement that the wood be chemically treated (pressure treated) to extend the service life. Designers and builders need to be aware that changes in the available wood perservatives may impact the durability of any connected steel components or fasteners. Read more here:
MiTek Canada and the CFBA recently partnered on a seminar to educate CFBA members about mitigating factors related to the corrosion of truss plates in high-humidity agricultural applications. The following is an information sheet created by MiTek to reinforce the information provided in the seminar.
This link has guidelines for daily truck inspections complete with samples
Reducing the Risk of Fire on your Farm
Operators need to perform a risk assessment of their farm buildings to consider the operational impact a fire could cause on their farm. As part of the risk assessment, direct specific attention toward the safety of family and employees, and the level of compliance with Codes requirements. All parties involved with designing, constructing and operating farm buildings must understand the importance of following best management practices to protect these large investments and the people working in the facilities.
Transitioning the Family Business
Ontario College of Trades Enforcement Officers