Providing ‘perfect’ workplace facilities on a farm is difficult to achieve, especially with numerous isolated properties where some are only utilised during busy times of the farming calendar.
Just do the best you can at your regular work sites and allow access to water at those isolated, rarely used sites in whatever delivery method is available (i.e. water bottle, hose, tank, sink, taps, whatever works).
- Toilet – Easy access even if it’s at the farm house
- Drinking water – Even a 20L water container with some cups
- Wash facilities – Running water with a sink is best, do the best you can here. A hoses attached to tanks etc.
- Eating facilities – Table and chairs in a reasonable condition. A fridge for storing meals and drinks. Keep it as clean as possible, which is easier said than done in a farm shed.
Work place facilities
- Ventilation – Not a big problem in most farm sheds but keep in mind and open the doors.
- Lighting – Must be adequate for the tasks being performed.
- Layout – Space – allow enough room for tasks and easy access into and exiting the work space.
- Flooring – Concrete is great but if you have dirt floors try and keep them flat, tidy and well maintained to reduce dust etc.
- Extremes of Hot and Cold – Managing the extremes as best you can with seasonal peaks, scheduled shed work, outdoor work and keeping machinery cab air conditioners operational.
For a more detailed summary, please see my information sheet: