Im­prov­ing safety on our farms

Work­shop to lower in­jury risk and in­crease ef­fi­ciency

Gatton Star - - LIFE | INTO RURAL -

LOCK­YER Val­ley farm­ers will get the chance to learn more about how they can re­duce risks and in­crease ef­fi­ciency at a one-day work­shop to be held at the Lock­yer Val­ley Cul­ture Cen­tre next Fri­day.

The Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shops, funded by the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and co-or­di­nated through the Queens­land Agri­cul­ture Work­force Net­work, will fo­cus on pro­vid­ing farm em­ploy­ers and team lead­ers with prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to en­hance work­place health and safety and peo­ple man­age­ment skills.

Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage en­cour­aged farm busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of the sub­sidised train­ing specif­i­cally tai­lored for farm em­ploy­ers and staff.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 1700 work­place in­juries within agri­cul­ture per year. This is un­ac­cept­able and why we want to help farm busi­nesses get up to speed on their safety obli­ga­tions,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“It is im­por­tant that all lev­els of farm lead­er­ship are aware of their obli­ga­tions and the prac­tices that can be adopted to bet­ter con­trol risks and pre­vent fu­ture work­place ac­ci­dents.

“Th­ese work­shops are a clear ex­am­ple of in­dus­try proac­tively ad­dress­ing sec­tor-wide work­place health and safety is­sues.”

The pre­vi­ous round of Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shops, which fo­cused on em­ploy­ment man­age­ment prac­tices and com­pli­ance, were a re­sound­ing suc­cess and at­tracted more than 230 par­tic­i­pants statewide.

“Feed­back in­di­cated that farm em­ploy­ers wanted the next se­ries to fo­cus not only on work­place health and safety but also su­per­vi­sory skills.

“Th­ese el­e­ments are all cov­ered in the up­com­ing work­shops that aim to pro­vide farm front-line staff with a much clearer un­der­stand­ing of work­place health and safety obli­ga­tions, reg­u­la­tions, su­per­vi­sor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and per­for­mance man­age­ment,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

The first part of the work­shop will fo­cus on work­place health and safety, in­clud­ing an up­date on laws and reg­u­la­tions; a com­pli­ance check­list; un­der­stand­ing and man­ag­ing risks and haz­ards; when and how to re­port incidents; and an over­view of use­ful ser­vices and re­sources avail­able to busi­nesses.

The sec­ond part of the ses­sion will look at peo­ple man­age­ment. Top­ics will in­clude per­for­mance and be­hav­iour man­age­ment; han­dling con­flict, bul­ly­ing and dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions in the work­place; su­per­vi­sor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties; an up­date on work­place re­la­tions laws, reg­u­la­tions and pro­grams; and an over­view of fur­ther train­ing and fund­ing avail­able.

Regis­tra­tion de­tails and in­for­ma­tion are on the QFF web­site at www.qff.org.au.

The cost is $30, which in­cludes work­shop, re­sources, morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea, and lunch.

PHOTO: EL­IZA GOETZE

LEARN MORE: A Work­place Es­sen­tials work­shop will be held in Gat­ton next week.

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