Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone’s responsibility. This section offers information and tools to help you manage risks and protect health, safety and wellbeing.
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This section includes information on specific hazards and risks in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.
Farm animals can cause serious injury if not handled properly.
Casual workers can be employed directly by an employer or via a labour hire agency. In general terms, you should treat every casual worker as if they were one of your full-time workers.
Cattle are more unpredictable during cold windy weather, where cows have calves or if bulls are in proximity to cows in season.
Farms are great places for children to grow and develop, however the safety for children on farms is a major concern.
Information about construction in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries workplaces.
You must have a Queensland issued driver’s licence to drive plant on the road, with a suitable endorsement for the plant being driven.
There are a number of hazards associated with elevating work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).
Rural properties must be prepared for emergencies, provide workers with amenities and access to an adequate first aid trained person and equipment.
Information about orchard operations, picking and emptying bags, ladders, hydraulic ladders, grading, packing and carton making, pruning equipment, and mango picking.
Guidance on managing risks to health and safety arising from the storage, use, transport and disposal of chemicals at rural workplaces.
Health and safety tips for the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.
Horses have the strength, speed and ability to cause injury if they are not handled properly.
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries plant includes a range of machinery and equipment including farm vehicles such as tractors and quad bikes.
Employers or self-employed people in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry need to protect themselves and their workers from the risk of exposure to excessive noise and manual tasks.
Information about working with pigs, lifting and other factors.
Providing an effective means of communication for remote or isolated workers, means ensuring that they can access the assistance of emergency services.
Risks and solutions associated with handling loads when manually loading crates, boxes or bags of produce onto pallets in a harvest aid.
Loading and unloading pallets of goods or produce are repetitive tasks that can easily lead to serious injury if the risks aren't removed.
In Queensland there have been many incidents where workers have been seriously or fatally injured during the loading or unloading of cattle.
Risks and solutions associated with specialised plant in enclosed environments such as farm packing sheds.
Information about risks and solutions for sorting and grading vegetables on conveyors.
Risks and solutions associated with moving produce from produce bins.
As the rural workforce continues ageing, there's an increased risk of fatalities and serious injuries.
Serious about farm safety guide was developed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and agricultural industry representatives to assist small to medium sized agricultural businesses to develop a system to manage health and safety risks around the farm and other agricultural workplaces.
Information about sheep handling and shearing including mulesing, jetting, dipping and drenching, mustering, lifting sheep, diseases from animals and shearing.
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage the risks associated with confined space, such as a silo, at a workplace including confined space entry permits, signage, communication, emergency procedures and written risk assessments.
Statistics for agriculture, forestry and fishery workers.
Many accidents occur on farms as a result of run-down and unsafe stockyards. Poorly designed stockyards result in more handling hours and increase the risk of injury to both the handler and stock.
There are a number of hazards associated with elevating working at heights and work platforms (fixed, adjustable and automated).
Fatal and serious accidents can arise from work activities associated with hay bales.