Sow safely – a guide on health and safety in agriculture

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2016

Farm safety is a serious concern. Between hazardous farm equipment and sometimes erratic livestock, our frontline producers live in a very dangerous world. However, while farms are one of the riskiest places to work, farm safety doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. 

Why not have a cup of coffee and take a moment to refresh yourself with some farming safety tips from the Department of Labour. Whether its crops or cows, this guide helps to recognise the most common hazards encountered and what to do about them.

Hazards to consider

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Working with hazardous chemicals
  • Machine safety
  • Electrical hazards
  • The weather
  • And don’t forget, the animals

Bear in mind this may not be an exhaustive list. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires you conduct your own hazard identification and risk assessment. This will at least give you a head start.

Download Occupational Health and Safety in Agriculture .pdf

The use of pesticides is a given in the agricultural sector. Exposing workers to these harmful chemicals is a special interest. To assist you with educating your employees, a further useful guide on pesticides is available.

Download Pesticides Booklet.pdf