You don’t just snap your fingers and ‘BOOM’….. farm safety arrangements have been addressed and implemented! It’s a gradual process and is often a matter of formalising many of the things you already do
- If the family dynamic & attitude allows!!…..start with a farm business commitment & some basic rules. Download one here: do-i-need-a-work-health-safety-policy
- Next, you need to work out what the risks are on your farm and how likely they are to create injury or incident – this is a Risk Assessment. See: what-is-a-risk-assessment
- What could go wrong?
- How is the condition of your plant?
- Are Augers and PTO’s properly guarded?
- Are specific licences required for your machinery?
- Do workers have the skills for the work they perform?
- Next is an Action Plan that sets out each item that needs addressing or updating.
I offer Action Plans for a fee via a detailed questionnaire (risk assessment) and viewing of location photos to get you on the right path. If a site visit is needed at some point, that can be arranged, where ever you are.
If you want to do your own Action Plan:
- Use the quick safety scans in the Farmers Guidebook to help you perform a Risk Assessment. They are available for download here:what-is-a-risk-assessment
- Write down some subject headings and list those items surrounding each topic that you recognise as needing action
- The Action Plan is a living document, it can, will and should change as you work through each item
- Don’t let the list overwhelm you, it’s important to ‘break it down’ into manageable segments, take it one step at a time
Use the resources in the Farmers Guidebook to help you or other relevant resources: farm-safety-resources
If you would like me to assess your farming operation and provide an Action Plan and Priority Items list, please contact me.
- There is a fee for the Action Plan, but no obligation to join my website or engage my services for implementing the plan
- Everything I do has a focus on teaching farmers to manage their own farm safety arrangements