Meat and meat processing

This campaign aims to reduce the incidence of serious injuries in red meat and poultry processing workplaces.

The meat industry is a significant employer in Queensland, with consistently high injury rates, particularly sprains, open wounds and disorders of muscle tendons and soft tissue.

The campaign will focus on:

  • knife sharpening
  • use of personal protective equipment
  • manual tasks
  • traffic management.

The campaign includes:

Phase 1: Engagement

Inspectors from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) will visit all red meat and poultry processors across Queensland with the view of fostering positive working relationships with industry. This engagement process will allow WHSQ to build a greater knowledge base of industry issues and solutions.

Phase 2: Compliance and audit inspections

From January 2012 to June 2012, a number of poultry processing workplaces will be audited around manual tasks risks, traffic management and knife sharpening programs.

Phase 3: Education

The education phase will promote key outcomes from the engagement and compliance inspections undertaken in phases 1 and 2. Following the compliance and audit inspections, data will be analysed and used to focus future activities including resource development.

Last updated
29 June 2015