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When you start a new job, your employer will probably tell you about how to stay safe in their workplace.  These safety topics will vary between workplaces, different types of farms and farm jobs.   Here is a general list of standard topics:

Emergency procedures

They are usually displayed on a wall or staff noticeboard – make sure you read them.

Incident records

You must report to your supervisor when someone is hurt or there was a near miss.

Staff facilities

Know the location of toilets etc.

First aid kit and first aid officer

Make sure you know where the kit is and who the officer is.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Your employer may provide you with things like hard hats, earplugs or a hi-vis vest etc – you MUST wear them.

How to be sun safe in your work

Look after yourself by reducing exposure to weather, dehydration and sunburn.

How to work remotely or in isolation

Stay safe when working alone or late at night, with no phone reception, or if you need to travel remotely in a car whilst at work.

Chemicals

How to store, dispose and the use of flammable or poisonous substances and chemicals.

How to manage hazardous jobs

Be aware of the noise, manual tasks, confined spaces, falls, demolition work, electrical safety etc

How to maintain and safely use machinery and equipment

Always be diligent around tractors, quad bikes, chainsaws, cutting & welding etc.

How to safely handling animals

Animals can be very dangerous, follow all rules and guidelines.

How your employer trains staff, visitors, children and young workers

You may be asked to sign training documentation.

How you can tell management about any safety concerns

Make sure you know who to see if you think there is a problem.

Additional Information

Tips for staying safe at work

For more information on keeping safe whilst harvesting and packing, visit the Work Safe Australia Website.

Quad Bike Safety

Quad bikes are common in agriculture and they are really handy to get around large spaces, over terrain and through the mud.  However, if used without experience or training, they can be quite dangerous because they ‘look’ more stable than they really are.  Watch these videos to learn more:

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