The safety, health and wellbeing of all of the people who live on, visit and work on rural properties is the most important responsibility that must be shared by everyone. According to occupational health and safety legislation employers must provide a safe workplace. We can all work towards Best Practice by carrying our inductions and important health and safety training.
It is vital that everyone working with and around livestock understands how animals can react. We can work towards industry Best Practice and to align with health and safety legislation by assessing hazards as well as developing ways to mitigate the risks and to be prepared.
The health and safety legislation covers all areas of production and includes pastoral properties, large, medium and small farms. The legislation and encompasses large and small animal handlers. The variety of industries can range from cattle production to sheep, alpacas, bees, chickens and insects.
Tragically many accidents and fatalities happen on pastoral and farming properties during mustering and yarding. Often it is through the use of quad bikes, motorbikes and aerial mustering. Ensuring that employers, employees, contractors and visitors all understand their own roles and responsibilities for health and safety and that the legislation applies to them too is vital.