01/19/2016 13:04 EST | Updated 01/19/2017 00:12 EST

Alberta expected to have groups craft farm safety rules as early as February

EDMONTON — Alberta's agriculture minister says he hopes to get going as soon as next month on a process to craft the regulations that will underpin the new farm safety law.

Oneil Carlier says the plan is to have six working groups composed of industry experts and front-line farmers and ranchers.

He says they will help guide the process as the province comes up with rules in the areas of occupational health and safety, labour relations, and employment standards.

Carlier says he is reaching out to industry groups now to see if they can assist on finding the best people.

The new law took effect this month and gives paid farm workers compensation benefits if they are injured on the job.

It also puts farms under general occupational health and safety rules until the industry-specific regulations are completed.