Dairy Australia has created a suite of tools and resources to assist farmers to develop a comprehensive safety system on their farm, toward the industry goal of zero fatalities on dairy farms.
Below are some practical resources, designed and tested by dairy farmers to apply on-farm.
Farm Safety Starter Kit
Developed by dairy farmers for dairy farmers, the Farm Safety Starter Kit provides practical, easy-to-use resources to enable dairy farmers to get their farm safety system started or improve the existing system. The kit contains:
Farm safety induction: a checklist on the key areas to be covered for new employees, roles and responsibilities for farm managers and employees
Safety system snapshot: a ‘traffic lights’ format which compares your farm system to the law
Quick safety scans: a set of one page scans on the key hazard areas on a dairy farm
Injury and incident register: a ready-to-use template to record incident information
Action plan: to assist you to follow up on the areas that need to be fixed or improved.
The Farm Safety Manual is a step by step approach to build a safety system for dairy farms and keep this system maintained. Work through the sections at your own pace, building your farm safety system as you go.
Watch Gippsland dairy farmer Trish Hammond talk about the safety system she has developed on her farm, and how she reminds her kids – Dane, Amber and Lara – about the importance of safety on their 650 cow farm.
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