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Queensland poultry processing industry and labour hire campaign

Campaign focus

Compliance assessments in the poultry processing industry were undertaken from September 2018 to April 2019. This included labour hire agencies that supply labour to poultry processing workplaces.

The campaign piloted a safety self-assessment tool (PDF, 0.18 MB) designed for the industry. The tool enabled companies to audit their health and safety systems, identify non-compliance against work health and safety regulations, and manage identified risks. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland also conducted workplace inspections and assisted organisations to identify issues and areas for improvement, including a compliance audit of labour hire practices.

The most common safety issues identified related to electrical safety, hazardous chemicals and hazardous manual tasks. Some of the hazards identified are also key contributors to musculoskeletal disorders, including:

  • manual tasks that were repetitive and/or involved high forces and awkward postures, contributing to heightened risk of sprains, strains or overuse injury
  • inadequate footwear and pooled water, contributing to risk of slips, trips and falls.
  • poor maintenance of hand tools (e.g. blunt knives) and equipment (e.g. pallet jacks, trolleys) resulting in overexertion and high forces required for manual tasks.
  • poor maintenance, adjustability, and design of fixed plant, which can contribute to awkward working postures and overexertion.
  • inadequate training of workers in safe work practices.



Assessment tool

Codes of practice

Where to get help

Take advantage of the tailored, face-to-face advice provided by our Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) advisors. IPaM advisors can assist you assess your poultry processing and labour hire systems and advise you on how to make improvements. IPaM is free for Queensland businesses. Register for IPaM now to talk to an advisor or email for more information.

More information

For further information please contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland at or call 1300 362 128. Information on the labour hire licensing scheme can be found at