National Farm Safety Week is coming up this month and members are encouraged to get involved where appropriate. Farm Safety weeks is held to raise awareness of farm safety issues across Australia. The week is held as part of Farmsafe Australia members' efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on farms.
This year's National Farm Safety week theme, 'Safe Farms: Fix It for Everyone ', highlight the importance of business and industry working together to achieve better safety and well-being outcomes for Australian farmers through improved attention to health and safety.
For information on National Farm Safety Week, visit the www.farmsafe.org.au .
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is engaging with Farm Safety Week by “encouraging farmers and other rural workers to focus on controlling the top six health and safety risks for those in the industry”. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland identify the top six risks as: quad bikes, tractors, other farm vehicles, unguarded machinery, hazardous manual tasks and lastly animal handling and mustering.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland advises that anyone working on a farm - whether family members, employees or contractors - should be made aware of any potential hazards on the farm and what steps are in place to reduce the risks. To assist farmers and other key stakeholders, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced a ‘Farm Safety Brochure’.
For a copy of the Farm Safety brochure (PDF, 2.7 MB) or visit Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s website at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au .