A new guide which aims to help farmers and workers improve their safety and health was launched in the central west this week.
The A-Z Farm Safety Guide was produced in partnership with SafeWork NSW, NSW Farmers and farmers themselves to make health and safety compliance easier.
The launch was held at the TAFE NSW campus in Dubbo on May 21 with Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Kevin Anderson and Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders in attendance.
NSW Farmers president James Jackson said despite the industry achieving a downward trend in the rate of serious injuries and fatalities, agriculture remains as one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
“We are well aware of this fact and committed to working with regulators and other stakeholders to continue promoting and encouraging safety improvements on farms,” Mr Jackson said.
Mr Jackson said NSW Farmers is proud to be involved in the development of the new A-Z Farm Safety manual.
“It is intended to be a convenient, user friendly source of information that covers a wide range of WHS issues encountered on farms,” he said.
“We hope that it can act as a resource that is frequently referred to by farmers, managers, workers and prompt constructive discussions on farm safety.”
Mr Jackson said the A-Z guide is not a replacement for a WHS policy on farms.
Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said this is a ground-breaking tool created by farmers for farmers, and includes cost-effective advice on the biggest work, health and safety concerns.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The A to Z Manual is a resource to get farmers and their team members thinking about safety issues, and to reinforce the need for farm managers to consider more comprehensive information sources when developing on farm approaches to manage health and safety risks
The SafeWork A-Z Farm Safety Guide can be downloaded at www.safework.nsw.gov.au , or you can order a copy by calling 13 10 50.