Rivière-du-Loup, March 11, 2024 – The Québec Horticultural Peat Producers Association (Association des producteurs de tourbe horticole du Québec, APTHQ) is launching a new reference document: the Best Practices Guide for Extracting Mired Equipment in Peat Fields. The guide has been designed to support the association’s member companies in the development of best practices in terms of safety during towing operations, considering the particularities of the sector and the environments in which these operations take place.

The guide provides companies with a tool for training field employees. It covers various aspects of safe working in the event of miring, including prevention steps during the season, risk assessment, equipment selection, visual inspection of equipment and delineation of safety areas during maneuvers.

The content of the guide was carefully developed by a committee of APTHQ members: Berger, Les Tourbes Nirom, Premier Tech Growers and Consumers, Sun Gro Horticulture, Tourbières Lambert, Tourbière Réal Michaud et Fils and Tourbière Sylvain Moreau, with the support of OHS Advisor Christiane Plamondon.

Translation into English was funded by the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) and the New Brunswick Peat Producers Association (NBPPA).

The guide is available in English and French upon request at info@tourbehorticole.com.