In conjunction with the state government, NSW Farmers have launched a new workplace safety program that is set to both educate and advise farm workers on work health safety (WHS) practices.
The program is being introduced in an effort to reduce farm related death, injury and disease and is part of a two million dollar investment over the next four years to support farming businesses in developing effective WHS safety cultures and keeping workers safe.
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said that the program would contribute to a 'strong and safer' regional NSW.
"The agricultural sector is the backbone of our regional economies and is a significant employer in regional communities," Mr Anderson said.
"It is imperative as a government we do everything we can do support farm workers and keep them safe."
Any small to medium farming operation with fewer than 50 workers will be eligible to participate in the free program.
"The program will improve farm safety practices by providing education directly to farming businesses," Mr Anderson said.
"This allows the NSW Government to continue to work alongside the agriculture industry on a wide range of farm related safety issues."
NSW Farmers President James Jackson said that the more agricultural workers talked and learned how to manage the many risks and dangers associated with farm work, 'the better'.
"The Farm Safety Advisory Program is a winner for me and other farmers in achieving this," Mr Jackson said.
"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."
Delivery of the program will start on Tuesday 28 September with a Harvest Ready webinar from 6-7pm and the launch of the phone call back and email service.
The program's COVID safe methods will also enable one-on-one and group participation to occur through both face-to-face and online interactions as appropriate.
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