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On-Farm Occupational Health and Safety: Worth a second thought!

Posted by Amanda Walker on 9 July 2014
On-Farm Occupational Health and Safety: Worth a second thought!

Work Health and Safety (also known as Occupational Health and Safety) is becoming an increasing focus for the agricultural industry, particularly for farms with employees.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 identifies agriculture as a priority industry for action, with a specific focus on reducing traumatic injury fatalities during the first five years of the strategy.

Legislative regulations are more clearly defined and standardised across the country than ever before. In addition to the human cost associated unsafe practices, there are severe penalties for non-compliance.

The states and territories regulate Work Health and Safety in the agriculture industry. Safe Work Australia has compiled a list of regulators for each state and territory who can provide detailed information and advice on your safety obligations.

The cost of non-compliance with regulations and obligations as well as work related injuries could be crippling for businesses and entire industries. Costs include:

Medical costs
Legal costs and fines
Lost productivity

Work-related injuries can seriously impact cash flow and reputation for small business. The best way to avoid injuries on your farm is to ensure your workers are provided with the best Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are properly inducted and trained in the use of all equipment, vehicles and in livestock handling.

How do I make my farm a safe workplace?

Effective and thorough training practices, particularly in the use of machinery and equipment, are key to ensuring the safety of all personnel on your farm. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) forms an essential element of any work health and safety strategy. The Farm Co offers a wide range of PPE to ensure the safety of you and your workers, including:

Personal Safety Gear
Work Boots
Work Clothing (and Wet Weather Gear)
Vehicle Safety Equipment

Can't find what you're looking for? Give us a call on 1300 327 626 and we'll help out.

What else can I do?

Regular Work Health and Safety training for all farm personnel will ensure reduced risk of injury and illness. There's an abundance of training providers offering a range of solutions from on-site seminars to complete online solutions.

There are plenty of resources available online to help you create a safe farming environment. FarmSafe Australia has produced an excellent, free farm safety induction video which compliments the extensive range of resources available on their website. AgriSafe Australia also provides some great resources and videos focused on farmer and worker safety. Want more? The US Agricultural and Safety Health Center YouTube channel has a mountain of videos available on a range of agricultural safety topics.

The Farm Co is always ready to assist when it comes to providing advice and equipment for your safe farm. Call us on 1300 327 626 and be sure to sign up for our The Farm Co Rewards program which offers $10 off your first order, ongoing loyalty discounts and more!

We wish you happy and safe farming!

Author:Amanda Walker
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