Occupational health and safety
A safe farm is a profitable farm, so it makes sense for producers to have the most effective work health and safety (WHS) plans in place.
MLA has created a series of online manuals that offer practical resources such as comprehensive and easy to follow checklists, templates and guidelines to help producers plan and implement on-farm health and safety initiatives.
These have been developed through MLA’s membership of the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP), from consultation with hundreds of livestock producers from around Australia led by Associate Professor Tony Lower from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.
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Understand why safety records are important
Maintain records to improve safety and meet legal responsibilities
Asbestos identification and register
Confined Spaces Entry Permit Template
Electrical Safety Inspection Register
Farm Emergency Card
Injury Register and Notification
Machinery Maintenance Register
Pesticide Fuel Chemical Storage Register
Pesticide Application Record
Safety Training Register
LPA Farm Records – Chemical Inventory
LPA Farm Records – Grain Fodder Treatment
Use relevant guides and information to help improve safety
Continue to continuously improve safety on your farm
Farm Workshop Safety Guide
Grain Handling Safety Guide
Quad Bike and Side By Side Vehicle Safety
ALRTA Ramps Guide
Safe Tractor Operation
Guide PCBU Health Monitoring
Guide Workers Health Monitoring
WHS Emergency Planning
Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees, this includes providing:
- Safe systems of work
- Safe plant, equipment and substances
- Adequate training, information and supervision
- Adequate monitoring of work conditions
- Reasonable safety policies and procedures
Not only does this contribute to job satisfaction and employee tenure, it is a legal obligation under individual state or territory legislation.
OH&S Management Systems
The foundation of a safe working environment rests on a well documented, communicated, understood and implemented OH&S Management System (OHSMS). An OHSMS is a set of plans, actions and procedures, actively endorsed by the employer, to systematically manage health and safety in the workplace.
Ultimately, if some mishap occurs due to an OH&S oversight, the property owner can be liable. In order to mitigate the risk of an injury, lawsuit or even a death, it is imperative that the property owner implements a comprehensive and effective OHSMS.
The development, review and maintenance of an OHSMS should be addressed in the property's overall business plan. All people involved, from employee to management, need to understand and fully support the OHSMS.
Employees must be trained and regularly monitored to ensure they have the knowledge and capability to make the system work effectively.
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