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A guide to developing safety management systems

The purpose of these guidelines is to help farmers establish and operate a safety management system for their farm.

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Summary

Farmers need to manage health and safety in a way that is appropriate for the needs of themselves, their staff and visitors to the farm. This guide will take you through the key components of a safety management system.

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Managing health and safety: A guide for farmers

The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities by providing practical guidance on...

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Key points

  • IDENTIFY all significant hazards on your farm
  • If you can, ELIMINATE the hazards
  • If you can’t eliminate the hazards, ISOLATE them
  • If you can’t eliminate or isolate hazards, MINIMISE them
  • MONITOR hazards regularly
  • Record significant hazards, controls and monitoring in a HAZARD REGISTER
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Preventing manual handling injuries on farms

The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of injuries from manual handling on farms by providing...

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Key points

  • Workers must be trained in correct techniques for manual handling jobs
  • No one should lift something that is too heavy for them
  • Lift with the legs, not the back
  • (Re)design the workplace to minimise manual handling hazards
  • Use mechanical / lifting aids where possible
  • Plan regular breaks and rotate jobs
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Preventing noise induced hearing loss on farms

The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of hearing loss by providing practical guidance on how...

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Key points

  • Keep noise levels below 85dB(A) on average and 140dB at peak
  • If possible replace machinery that creates noise above these levels
  • If you can’t replace the machinery reduce exposure to it
  • Wear hearing protection if noise levels are still too high
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Preventing slips, trips and falls on farms

The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of injuries by providing guidance on how to prevent...

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Key points

  • Keep work areas clean, dry and tidy
  • Use footwear with good tread
  • Always use three points of contact on ladders or when mounting/dismounting tractors and mobile plant
  • Arrange work areas to minimise slip, trip and fall hazards: eg use rubber mats
  • Find ways to do tasks from the ground, rather than at heights
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Above Ground Fuel Storage on Farms

This good practice guide will help farmers comply with the health, safety and environmental laws for above ground fuel storage.

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Key points

  • Give people handling the fuel safety information
  • Make sure everyone handling the fuel knows the hazards and how to keep safe

  • Have procedures for managing fuel-related emergencies

  • Get test certificates and keep them up-to-date.

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Working Safely with Chemicals and Fuels on Farms

This good practice guideline helps farmers comply with the health, safety and environmental laws for chemicals and fuels.

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Key points

For safe farm chemical and fuel use, the person in charge must:

  • Give people handling the chemicals and fuels safety information and training
  • Make sure everyone handling the chemicals and fuels knows the hazards and how to keep safe
  • Make sure chemicals and fuels are stored and used correctly
  • Have procedures for managing emergencies.
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Safe Deer Handling

This good practice guide will help farmers improve safety around farmed deer by providing practical guidance on their safe handling.

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Key points

  • Always take special care around stags
  • Antlers should be removed
  • Use the right personal protective equipment
  • Ensure yards and handling areas are well designed
  • Practise good hygiene and maintain a vaccination/pest control programme
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