Having a Safe Farm isn’t just your responsibility. It’s the law.
Take a walk around the farm and familiarise yourself with the hazards, that surround you and your team.
Why do you need to walk around the farm? Nothing has changed, there’s still a tractor in the shed, a quad bike in the driveway and the chemicals are where they have always been.
You know that 2nd gear on the tractor is a little sticky and needs an extra pump of the clutch, and that old milk bottle at the back of the tool bench, you know it has fuel in it because you put it there when you were working on the tractor.
There’s nothing new to look at here!
This is the kind of familiarity that breeds complacency. It’s important to look around your farm as someone who is visiting for the first time or the kids or grandkids looking for their next adventure.
If left on their own, what kind of trouble might they find themselves in?
To help you out we have put together a list of steps you can take today to improve the safety of your family and employees on the farm.
Plan and prepare for emergency situations including;
- Vehicle/Machinery accidents
- Electrical shocks from equipment and wires
- Chemical exposures
- Heat Stress
Minimise hazards by;
- Ensuring you provide good quality tools and equipment
- Always use seat belts when operation tractors
- Establish and maintain good housekeeping practices
- Use approved containers and correct labeling for chemicals
Here are some other steps you can take to reduce illnesses and injuries on your farm;
- Read and follow instructions in equipment operator’s manuals and on product labels
- Inspect equipment routinely for problems that may cause accidents
- Train your employees in safety hazards and emergency procedures
- Install approved rollover protective structures, protective enclosures, or protective frames on tractors
- Make sure that guards on farm equipment are replaced after maintenance
- Review and follow instructions in material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and on labels that come with chemical products and train your employees how to read the MSDS and the hazards
- Take precautions to prevent entrapment and suffocation caused by unstable surfaces of grain storage bins, silos, or hoppers. Never ‘walk the grain’
- Be aware that methane gas, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide can form in unventilated grain silos and manure pits and can suffocate or poison workers or explode
- Take advantage of safety equipment, such as bypass starter covers, power take-off master shields, and slow moving vehicle emblems.
Identifying and minimising hazards will go a long way to improving the safety on your farm but it’s just as important to make sure you plan and prepare for possible emergency’s that may occur.
Go ahead, repair that sticky 2nd gear on the tractor and throw out that old milk carton so the kids don’t drink it but even more importantly make sure your staff, new and old, are given appropriate safety training for your farm.
Safety training that identifies and discusses the potential hazards and where they can find them.
Safety training that teaches them what to do in case of an emergency including evacuation plans and local contacts as necessary.
Providing your team with adequate safety training not only makes for a safer environment, but also will go a long way to meeting your legal requirements to do all things practicable to provide a safe work environment.
SafeFarm can help you create a safety training course specific to your farm or we have turnkey options available for purchase that can be used as pre-employment training or a refresher course for existing employees.
To find out more about how you can train your team and what to include in your safety training contact us here at SafeFarm on 07 3040 3310 or you can click the ‘Chat with us!’ box at the bottom right of this screen to Live Chat with one of our team.