Identifying hazards

Identifying hazards

Farm employers need to have an effective method for identifying existing and new hazard situations, and for regularly reassessing the hazards identified. When thinking about hazards, consider the equipment or situations that could pose a risk to yourself, your workers or others. These may include:

  • Land and infrastructure (bridges, culverts, cattle grids, muddy ground, streams)
  • Machinery e.g. chainsaws, slurry separators
  • Farm vehicles e.g. tractors, quad bikes
  • Product or commodity storage systems (e.g. silos, slurry pits, feeding pits)
  • Workshop tools and equipment (e.g. welding apparatus)
  • Animals
  • Races and yards
  • Chemicals
  • Manual handling or lifting (e.g. building, fencing)
  • Power sources e.g. gas, electricity
  • General hazards (e.g. slippery stairs, ladders, tools)
  • Noise (e.g. shearing sheds, chainsawing, tree felling)
  • Diseases passed from animals to humans (e.g. leptospirosis)
  • Skin cancer

For more information on the steps you can take to reduce risks on farm go to the Department of Labour farming safety page by Clicking Here