Farms have an unenviable reputation as being one of the most hazardous places to work, with some of the highest rates of death and injury in any occupation.
However, local sheep and beef farmers will have the chance to boost their health and safety practices this month, when a special farm safety event is held in Wellsford.
Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) will be running a one-day workshop to roll out its new Farm Safety Management System, which the organisation says can be customised to suit any farm and is free of charge to its levy-paying farmers.
B+LNZ says the system consists of a set of plans and procedures where 90 per cent of the paperwork is already done, and which has been developed specifically for New Zealand sheep and beef farmers by its safety partner, Exigent Risk Management (formerly QSI), and in conjunction with WorkSafe NZ.
“The system is simple and straightforward. When you put it in place on your farm, within a positive safety culture, it will help you ensure your farm is a safe workplace – and compliant with health and safety regulations,” a spokesperson says.
B+LNZ says the workshop is aimed at anyone who works on a farm and who may be affected.
“Women often take the lead on health & safety compliance on a farm – but if it’s men who are doing the practical farm work and managing staff, then we encourage them to come along too, where that’s feasible.”
The workshop will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre on Wednesday, August 11, from 10am to 3pm.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and a WorkSafe NZ representative will be present to answer questions.
Info and registration: https://beeflambnz.com/events