WORKPLACE Safety Inspectors, throughout Australia, are increasing the number of dairy farm inspections as part of a campaign to improve farm safety.
Many areas are covered in Dairy Australia's Farm Safety Starter Kit which farmers can access online at www.thepeopleindairy.org.au/safetystarterkit and also order a hard copy to be sent to them.
Getting Started: Seven quick tips on safety inspection focus areas Induction for Farm Employees - download a Farm Induction Checklist at http://bit.ly/safeinduct which farmers can tailor to their farm.
Take employees through the Induction and get them to sign it.
Make sure copies are kept to show the Inspectors.
Quad Bikes - the largest cause of fatalities on dairy farms.
Use the Quad Quick Safety Scan in the Farm Safety Starter Kit or download at http://bit.ly/QuadsQSS.
Milking Operations - the largest area of work on dairy farms, with plant, power, manual handling and animal hazards to consider.
Use the Quick Safety Scans with employees on Fixed Plant, Power & Electrical, Manual Handling, Working with Livestock and Working Environment: http://bit.ly/FSSKScans
Belts and Guarding - guards prevent contact with moving parts or minimise access to dangerous areas of plant. Hands and fingers must not be able to reach through or around guards.
Chemicals - the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each hazardous chemical has information and instructions on how it can be stored, handled and used safely.
Ensure that the farm has a c copy of the current SDS for all hazardous chemicals on the farm.
Storage and silos - hazards include working at heights and that most of these structures are defined as confined spaces.
Signage and set procedures for accessing are very important considerations for safety.
Record actions taken - once the Quick Safety Scans have been completed, add what needs to be done, by how and when in the Action Plan (located in the back of the Starter Kit or at http://bit.ly/FSSKActionplan.
Workplace safety inspectors will want to see written records.
An inspection does not have to be a daunting experience.
Inspectors are looking for a culture of safety on farm and genuine steps to achieving a safe workplace.
Having started is the critical step.
The Farm Safety Starter Kit is a great way to begin or check progress.
Visit www.thepeopleindairy.org.au/far msafety for more information.
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