Health and safety on farms to be as easy as ABC

A new A-Z Farm Safety Guide, designed to help farmers improve health and safety across their operations, was launched in Central West NSW today.

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said the publication was produced in a partnership that included SafeWork NSW, NSW Farmers and farmers themselves to make health and safety compliance easier.

“This is a ground-breaking tool created by farmers for farmers, and includes cost-effective advice on the biggest work, health and safety concerns,” Mr Anderson said.

This guide gives great advice on how people can manage heat, the use of chemicals, as well as fall prevention techniques and tips for working in confined spaces.

“Work health and safety is everyone’s business. Even if you are self-employed, you are legally responsible for the health and safety of everyone who comes onto your farm including family members, visitors and customers.”

In 2017, the NSW Government launched the Agriculture Work Health and Safety Sector Plan and sought the commitment of industry, working with SafeWork NSW, to take responsibility for delivering safer and healthier workplaces.

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said this was a practical initiative working towards improving safety on farms.

“Agriculture is a $12 billion industry employing 81,000 people across the state and we are committed to improving safety and productivity across the sector,” Mr Saunders said.

“With all the challenges that come with working on the land, health and safety can often seem too difficult to put on the agenda, that is why we’re encouraging farmers to have a look at this simple guide to better protect them and their families.”