Farmers Guidebook to Work Health and Safety
In South Australia, 4.5 percent of the total workforce is employed in agriculture but about 19pc of workplace deaths occur on farms. It is a scary statistic and highlights the importance of work health and safety on-farm.
SafeWork SA and Primary Producers SA commodity groups, including Livestock SA, launched the new Farmers’ Guidebook to Work Health and Safety at EP Field Days last month.
The guidebook is a comprehensive and practical guide to making farms safe workplaces and has been developed to help farmers understand their legal responsibilities as well as provide practical solutions to health and safety issues to help prevent serious or fatal injury on their properties.
It contains easy-to-use proforma templates and policies with references to further resources. The guidebook covers:
- Setting up a safe workplace
- Plant and equipment
- Farm hazards and solutions
- Industry specific hazards
- Health and well-being
In addition, SafeWork SA is offering free one-on-one workplace support through its new work health and safety advisory team. Mobile WHS advisers with industry experience and no inspector powers are being made available to producers to they can be comfortable and confident to ask for help.