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Keeping Children Safe.... Sandras Blog

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Each year in New Zealand children die and are injured on the farm where they live, work and play.

Children are vulnerable to many of the same hazards as adults who live or work on farms, but they are less capable of understanding those hazards and associated risks. Although parents cannot completely child-proof a farm, they need to make it as safe as possible.

Farm-related childhood injuries and deaths may seem unpredictable and random, but there are definite factors that should play a part in prevention efforts.

Parents can take these precautions to prevent children from getting hurt on the farm or ranch:

§Find out the developmental characteristics of children at specific ages

§Identify the dangerous areas on your farm and determine where kids are most likely to get hurt

§Determine what draws kids to dangerous situations

§Set up appropriate rules and/or boundaries for children to follow and be consistent in enforcement of the rules

§Train youth in proper and safe operation of farm tasks before assigning chores

§Provide necessary personal protective equipment for the job

§Supervise children based on age and maturity level. Children must prove they are capable of following instructions and safety rules.

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Top five agricultural safety tips

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Farm safety is a serious concern. Between hazardous farm equipment and sometimes erratic livestock, our frontline producers live in a very dangerous world. We also have to consider the fact that while farms do rely on a lot of transient, seasonal help at times, the nucleus of operations on farms is often represented by a tightly knit family. So while occupational injury and illness is never a good thing, it is even more problematic – emotionally, financially – to the families themselves when health and safety is compromised. But that should also be a great excuse to ramp up the approach to safety.   Read More . . .

Take a Break...... From Our Manawatu consultant Jenny

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Jenny's Blog:
With the Christmas break fast approaching it is time to make sure everyone on farm gets a break and is refreshed for the new year. This also includes owners and their families. It’s been a very hard wet season for a lot of farmers and everyone needs a break and some sun (it will come).
Ensure you induct any relief staff coming onto the property and that they understand your Health & Safety system, as well as your policies and procedures.
Show them where to record incidents/accidents/near misses.
Have your Emergency Procedures displayed with all the up to date relevant phone numbers in case of an emergency, power cut etc.
If relief or any staff are going to be working alone ensure you have a ‘Working Alone Policy’ in place so they return home safety at the end of each day.
Start looking at your rosters now so you can include yourself in a well-deserved break.
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Sandras blog: Preventing job related injuries is good business

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Preventing Job Related Injuries Is Good Business   Read More . . .

Recharge Yourself - Bridgets blog

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Winter Recharge Time   Read More . . .

FROSTS!~ Leah our Northland consultant

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Having had our first frost here in Northland, it’s a timely reminder that winter and its weather is fast approaching.. Not that winter is the only time you need to be ready for!   Read More . . .

One year on...... Fran's blog

Friday, April 28, 2017

ONE YEAR ON………………..   Read More . . .

Chemical Safety by Bridget

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Chemical Safety   Read More . . .

What is the riskiest aspect of your rural business? From Bronwyn

Monday, March 27, 2017

Put Health and Safety at the top of the pile. Gregg's blog

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

We’ve all procrastinated over something from time to time and Health and Safety is no different for a lot of business owners, we all know we need to have some good workable Health and Safety systems in place but often it’s something that’s left until we “Have time”, and let’s face it, in farming that just doesn’t happen.

The simple fact is that we prioritise what we think is important and put it all in a pile with the most urgent things at the top, the things we deem unimportant or

just not a priority get left at the bottom of the pile. That’s generally where they stay because the nature of farming is that it’s unpredictable and that you learn to expect the unexpected. So what happens to those things at the bottom of the pile?, they don’t get done.

Simply put if you own a business you need to have good Health & Safety systems in place, and if you have staff it’s an absolutely essential component of your business.

According to the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 as a business owner you MUST take “All reasonable and practicable steps”, if you have something in place then well done, if not then it’s time to put Health & Safety to the top of the pile.

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