For everything you need to know about getting health and safety sorted on the farm, follow the three steps below:
Step 1: Decide that everyone being healthy and safe is important
- Planning to manage risk is a conscious decision
- Being healthy and safe requires investing time and thought
- The person in charge has to model the right behaviours
- Everyone on farm has to believe it's the right thing to do
Why do I have to do health and safety?
Planning to avoid injury and work-related ill-health makes sense.
Health and safety doesn't just happen by itself, but it doesn't need to be complicated either. If you rely on instinct rather than planning, you are statistically more likely to get sick, injured or killed. Plus, the law requires you to put in place systems that keep people safe.
People who go to work on the farm should be able to go home at the end of the day uninjured and alive.
As a team, come up with a list of behaviours you want to see on farm - your 'farm rules'.
This can be the basis of your health and safety plan. The key to making this a success is that no one breaks the rules.
To see a Farm Rules example click here
Getting the team involved
An important part of everyone being safe and healthy is involving the team.
Sit down as a team (include family) and work out why you want a healthy and safe farm.
- Write down:
- what you will do to be a safe and healthy farm
- how you will make everyone who comes to the farm safe and healthy
- let everyone have input into what is written
- Pin it where everyone can see it.
Farm visitors and events - tips
Keeping visitors safe on farms is also very important. Remember they don’t know your farm like you do.
They could be:
- relatives or friends dropping by or staying on-farm for a holiday
- people visiting on farm-related business
- people attending an event on your farm.
Take time to explain risks and make sure children are accompanied at all times on-farm. For more information, visit the Worksafe website.