Seasonal workers and extra family members can often join the ranks of farm staff to help with the increased workload during peak times such as harvest and seeding. Their familiarity with site policies and procedures needs to be ensured. A simple way to streamline this process is to create seasonal safety induction kits to train short-term workers during these peak times.
To tailor the induction kits to suit, consider the season and tasks these workers will be undertaking. For example, it is essential they know an emergency response and first aid kit locations, but not as important to be inducted for chemical use or machinery they may not use.
Consider covering the following:
- Farm safety awareness
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Machinery safety
- Safe lifting
- Emergency response
- First aid
- Contact lists
- Hazard reporting
While these workers are coming in at a busy time of year, their induction should be approached with the same time commitment as a long-term worker. Even if your new employee may have been performing similar roles on other farms or have worked on your farm in the past, ensure they understand the current policies on your property.
A practical safety induction at the time of starting work can create a positive relationship with your workers. Your concern for their health, safety and wellbeing is important, as is conveying to the worker that they play an important role in their own safety and that of their co-workers.