The State Government is investing $600,000 in the upcoming state Budget to make safety culture a permanent fixture on Tasmanian farms.
Since 2015, the Government’s Safe Farming Tasmania Program has been changing the culture on the farm, to one where the safety of workers is always the number one priority.
A dedicated farm safety consultant has been working with industry groups and farmers to raise awareness of workplace health and safety, to reduce the rate of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities that occur in Tasmania’s rural industries.
Feedback from farmers is that this program is having a positive impact. It has been a very successful partnership raising awareness of farm safety issues, encouraging discussions, changing behaviours and providing farmers with the practical tools they need to improve on-farm work health and safety.
The additional funding of $600,000 means the program and the delivery of practical safety assistance on-farm, will continue for a further four years.
Safe Farming Tasmania is a joint initiative of Work Safe Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and is supported by a reference group comprising key industry stakeholders.
For more information, visit the DPIPWE website.
(From Tasmanian Government media release - 6 May 2017)