PRELIMINARY results from Dairy Australia’s latest Power of People on Australian Dairy Farms report indicate farmers are becoming more aware of their obligations regarding safety and the implications for their farm, family and employees.
The full results of the survey, which measured on farm perceptions, attitudes and behaviours in around 400 dairy farmers and farm owners, are expected to be published in the coming months, but Dairy Australia Workforce Development program manager Sally Roberts says preliminary results show farmers are keen to formalise workplace practices, including updating Work Health and Safety (WHS) plans, documenting position descriptions and adopting Standard Operating Procedure templates that can be tailored to their farm to help keep their businesses safe.
Other key findings included: 51 per cent of respondents take new employees through an induction that includes Work Health and Safety and 24 per cent take contractors through one; the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) dropped compared to 2014; and 17 per cent of farmers reported they have obtained the Dairy Australia Farm Safety Starter Kit since it became available in late 2017.

Safety day for dairy farmers

A FARM Safety Manual workshop covering 14 key safety areas for dairy farms will be held at Yanakie Hall, corner Meeniyan-Promotory Road and Millar Road, Yanakie on Tuesday, May 22 from 10.30am – 2.30pm. Participants will receive a copy of Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Manual and a light lunch which is why you’re asked to RSVP Sarah on email sarah@gippsdairy.com.au. If you want to know more call 0437 400 316.