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Everything you need to start or improve your farm safety system.

How safe is your farm?

Understand the legal requirements

  • Employers are required to provide every employee with a safe and risk-free workplace
  • Employees are required to take steps to protect their own health and safety by following safety instructions and using safe equipment

Register injuries and accidents

The injured (minor or major) person must:

  • Report the injury or work-related illness to their supervisor or employer as soon as possible
  • Enter details in the farm's Injury & Incident Register or have another person complete the Register
  • Obtain a Workcover medical certificate from the treating doctor, where the injury requires treatment, and to give the certificate to the employer

Investigate accidents

All work-related injuries, accidents and incidents need to be investigated as soon as possible to determine the cause(s) and identify actions necessary to prevent it happening again.

Top farm safety tips

  1. Regular equipment maintenance by suitably qualified persons
  2. Apply parking brakes on vehicles
  3. Adequate guarding on PTO shafts and belt drives
  4. When working alone, let others know where you plan to be
  5. Use correct equipment that is in good working order
  6. Be very careful when working near moving machinery and vehicles
  7. Watch out for overhead power lines
  8. Set the example for safe conduct
  9. Have staff inducted, trained and aware about safety
  10. Use effective harnesses when working at heights and fall protection equipment
  11. Wear helmets when driving open vehicles, quad bikes and motorbikes
  12. Think about children and keep them away from work sites
  13. Think safety and operate within you limitations

Eski: Safety Checklist

Use these questions as a starting point to working out what you need to do to make your farm safer.

  1. Do you have an induction process for employees, contractors and visitors?
  2. Do you have a workplace health and safety policy and do you have procedures that are followed for all tasks?
  3. Do you have a documented risk management process that includes manual handling, chemicals, plant, confined spaces, working at height and electrical?
  4. Do you have a consultation/communication system with employees?
  5. Is there an emergency response plan for the farm?
  6. Do you have a documented process for hazard, accident and incident reporting?
  7. Are there adequate amenities for people in the workplace?
  8. Do workers possess licences and/or certificates of competency for the plant they operate and tasks they undertake? (e.g. forklift licence, driver’s licence, chemical user’s certificate)
  9. Does all plant and equipment used in the workplace comply with regulations (includes guarding, noise, design, maintenance and use)?
  10. Do you have a process for managing work environment hazards including noise, dust, hot and cold conditions and sun exposure?
  11. Have you addressed child safety in the workplace?
  12. Are chemicals managed correctly – records, storage, personal protective equipment, usage, material safety data sheets, signage?
  13. Have you displayed adequate signage in the workplace? (e.g. visitor directions, traffic movement, specific hazards, use of personal protective equipment, general warnings)
  14. Does personal protective equipment meet legal requirements – quality, comfort, storage, maintenance, usage?
  15. Do you have a policy/procedure which enables people working in remote and isolated locations to receive assistance in emergency situations?

The Safety Starter Kit

Developed by dairy farmers for dairy farmers, the Kit provides practical, easy to use resources to enable you to get your farm safety system started or improve the existing system. See more here: Safety Starter Kit.


This content is taken from the ESKi pages on the People in Dairy (TPID).

The ESKi is also available as a hardcopy resource for dairy farmers. For a hardcopy, please contact Tammy Negus at Western Dairy tammy.negus@gmail.com



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