NSW launches agriculture business safety program

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Farm safety education will get a dedicated push over the next four years thanks to a new program launched in NSW

NSW launches agriculture business safety program
A $2 million workplace safety program for the New South Wales agriculture industry has been launched by the state government and NSW Farmers.

A $2 million workplace safety program for the New South Wales agriculture industry has been launched by the state government and NSW Farmers. 

The Farm Safety Advisory Program will see the investment distributed over four years and will provide education and advice to farmers and agriculture businesses in a bid to reduce farm-related deaths, injuries, and disease.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson says the program was established to help farming businesses build safer environments in which to work and live.

"This $2 million investment from the NSW Government is part of our mission to create a safer and stronger regional NSW. All NSW small to medium farming operations with fewer than 50 workers are eligible to participate in this free program," Anderson says.

"The agriculture sector is the backbone of our regional economies and is a significant employer in regional communities. It is imperative as a government we do everything we can to support farm workers and keep them safe.

"The program will improve farm safety practices by providing education directly to farming businesses. This allows the NSW Government to continue to work alongside the agriculture industry on a wide range of farm-related safety issues."

An official launch of the program was delivered late in September via a webinar, with the program itself free to participate in and open for all small to medium farming operations in the state.

A dedicated team of advisors will provide support and advice on improving workplace health and safety practices on farms as well as providing other resources and feedback, which can be delivered in various settings including on one’s own farm if permitted.

A WHS line and online repository of recourses will also be made available. 

NSW Farmers president James Jackson says the program could ultimately save a life on farms. 

"Farming is a rewarding but potentially dangerous occupation; the more we talk and learn how to manage the risks and dangers, the better," Jackson says.

"The Farm Safety Advisory Program is a winner for me and other farmers in achieving this. The program has dedicated advisors who can provide support, advice and resources to improve WHS on farms.

"A session with an advisor can be delivered in various settings, including your own farm with discussions tailored specifically to your farm business operations."

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