Improving safety on our farms
Workshop to lower injury risk and increase efficiency
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.
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