Four ways to take action during Farm Safety Week

Four ways to take action during Farm Safety Week

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VFF president David Jochinke writes about ways to make your farm safer for yourself, your family, your employees, visitors and contractors.

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National Farm Safety Week is an opportunity to set aside time to make real changes in your business that put safety first.

The VFF has four easy and free ways to make your farm safer for yourself, your family, your employees, visitors and contractors.

Do all of the quad bikes on your farm have operator protection devices (OPDs)? If not, you can apply right now for a $1200 rebate for up to two OPDs. Or, if you're ready to retire the use of quad bikes on your farm, you can also use the $1200 rebate to go towards the purchase of a safer side-by-side vehicle. This offer ends September 30, 2019, so call the VFF now on 1300 882 833 for more details.

Every farm should have safety inductions, safe work procedures, farm safety rules, and clear record keeping. If you don't have these processes written down and integrated into your daily business operations, the VFF Farm Safety Extension Officer Richard Versteegen can sit down with you to put in place all of these important safety fundamentals.

Have you ever had a qualified safety officer walk around your farm and help put some of the workplace safety theory into practice? The VFF Farm Safety Extension Officer can visit your farm to conduct a safety walk and talk with you and a group of neighbours for up to three hours.

You may have a detailed health and safety management system in place for your farm, but when was the last time a qualified, independent safety expert reviewed your system? The VFF Farm Safety Extension Officer can visit your farm to perform a thorough review and provide tailored recommendations to improve your system.

These services are free and available to all Victorian farmers. Please contact our Farm Safety Extension Officer Richard Versteegen today to book a time that is convenient for you. You can call Richard on 0499 772 472 or email rversteegen@vff.org.au to book now.

- David Jochinke, VFF president

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