Agriculture is an industry with high risk activities resulting in serious injuries and for this reason SafeWork South Australia (SA) is leading the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities campaign and national reference group of participating jurisdictions to develop and implement a two year project aimed at making farming safer.
The farming sectors being targeted nationally by each jurisdiction are:
- Tasmania: shearing industry, oyster farming
- South Australia: pig farming
- NSW: beef cattle
- ACT: beef cattle in Indigenous lands
- Victoria: dairy and beef cattle
- Western Australia: broad acre farming
- Queensland: horticulture, and
- Northern Territory: beef cattle.
Each participating jurisdiction will be:
- consulting with property owners and farmers to identify practical approaches to safety management
- identifying practical steps to systematically plan prevention approaches
- providing tools and guidance for the induction of farm workers and to minimise the risks from plant and machinery use
- guiding a systems approach to minimising the risks from riding, including the use of quad bikes, motor cycles or horses, and
- raising awareness of farm safety issues in the rural community more broadly.
The project sees regulators engage with industry bodies and primary producers who receive a farm safety checklist tailored to their needs along with education and advice about how to best implement it.
SafeWork SA is hosting workshops where many of the state’s leading pig farming participants are provided with support to examine their work health and safety practices and identify development opportunities as well as develop a list of priority actions. SafeWork SA inspectors are working with small groups of farmers to provide continued guidance.
The usefulness and usability of the guidance material provided to participants will be assessed together with monitoring of the industry over time to track work health and safety performance and in-turn the effectiveness of this pilot program.
For more information see SafeWork South Australia’s website.