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Agriculture, forestry and fishing audits and assessments

Onsite traffic management project

Workplaces in the construction, manufacturing, transport and agriculture industries will be the focus of a statewide assessment campaign starting in July 2016 targeting traffic management.

The project aims to reduce the rate of fatalities and severity of injuries involving people being hit by mobile plant and vehicles at Queensland workplaces.

As part of the project, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) inspectors will visit workplaces to raise awareness of the risks and help them implement effective traffic management strategies.

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Horticulture

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) are conducting on-farm assessments throughout Queensland during 2017 to assist fruit and vegetable growers with practical ways to manage work health and safety.

The assessments will focus on:

  • harvesting and packing
  • quad bikes
  • working with tractors and associated implements
  • handling and storage of rural chemicals
  • induction and training for transient, young and older workers
  • electrical safety, specifically working around overhead power lines
  • consultation between growers

Locations of assessments in 2017

  • Lakelands
  • Innisfail
  • Tully

What can my business do to prepare?

Download the ‘Serious about farm safety’ guide for agricultural workplaces which includes information about common industry hazards and templates to help you develop a safety management system for your property.

Intensive livestock handling

As project deliverables for intensive livestock handling, WHSQ have planned engagement activities with stakeholders, which will include assessments and proactive campaigns with a focus on:

  • livestock rail freight
  • live export facilities
  • feedlots
  • saleyards
  • horse studs.

What can my business do to prepare?

Download the ‘Serious about farm safety’ guide for agricultural workplaces which includes information about common industry hazards and templates to help you develop a safety management system for your property.

Quad bikes

This project will raise awareness of and promote improved quad bike safety understanding, management and practices in the rural industry through engagement with quad bike suppliers and rural users.

Targeted areas: Statewide. WHSQ will contact organisations and employers to be involved.

What can my business do to prepare?

Ensure the following are available: a completed risk assessment, safe work procedures for operating quad bikes are in place, staff training records are up-to-date kept, and operators follow property policies quad bike safety, especially the wearing of helmets, training, carrying passengers and loads.

Past campaigns

Last updated
20 November 2018

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