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November 2008 E-Newsletter

November 2008 E-Newsletter

Our final newsletter for the year is out now. There are articles about child safety during school holidays, a committee member profile, a discussion on ATV safety and other interesting articles.

Please click here to view the November 2008 newsletter. We hope you enjoy it!

Overcoming Barriers to Performance - Course Cancelled

Farmsafe WA Alliance working together with Kondinin Group Industry Training

Unfortunately due to a low number of registrations, we have cancelled the Boyup Brook course that was scheduled for the 2nd December. We are hoping to reschudule at a later date so stay tuned...

For more information, please contact the Farmsafe WA Alliance office on (08) 9359 4118.

2008 Farmsafe WA Alliance Farmer Safety Award

Award Presented at the Farmsafe WA Alliance 14th Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce that this year's winner of the Farmsafe WA 2008 Farmer Safety Award was Rod Birch from Catalina Farms.

Thanks to sponsorship provided by CSBP, Rod received his trophy, prize money and St John Ambulance first aid kit at the Farmsafe WA Alliance Annual General Meeting held at the Rose and Crown, 30th October 20008.

Rod and his wife, Shelley, crop wheat, canola and lupins at their farm 30km southeast of Coorow. They strive to adopt a safety culture and encourage safe management systems on their farm. As well as implementing a quality assurance program for their entire business (which includes farm safety) they have also demonstrated their commitment to safety by holding the Farmsafe Managing Farm Safety Course, Free on-farm advisory service as well as a grains silo workshop.

As part of his speech, Rod Birch said "it's great to be recognised for doing something we consider ultimately to be common sense and good business practice and I sincerely thank Farmsafe WA and CSBP for their commitment.

Ben Sudlow, CSBP Sales and Marketing Manager, presented the award to Rod and reiterated the importance of safety and that CSBP has a strong safety focus towards its customers and staff.

Michelle Taylor, Executive Officer, said that the Farmsafe WA Alliance committee members were impressed with the calibre of Rod's application and thought his attitude towards safety was excellent.

Congratulations Rod Birch!

Thank you CSBP for your support and sponsorship of the award!

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Annual General Meeting

Farmsafe WA Alliance 14th Annual General Meeting - Thursday 30th October 2008

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 30th October 2008 at the Rose and Crown, Swan St, Guildford.

At 1.00pm there will be the WA Farmer Safety Award and at 1.15pm the AGM will follow.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Media Release July 2008

Media Release - Hyden Safety Awareness Workshop a Success

Farmsafe WA Alliance, in collaboration with WA Farmers Federation and CSBP recently held a practical hands-on demonstration day at the Whitwell's property in Hyden. This day was run on Thursday 17th July and was one of the activities organised as part of Farm Safety Week 2008.

To see the full media release, please click here.

September 2008 E-Newsletter

September 2008 E-Newsletter

Please click here to view our latest e-newsletter that contains some interesting articles as well as an amusing Australian poem.

Please contact us if you are having difficulties reading the newsletter.

Happy Reading!


Farm Safety Week 2008

2008 Farm Safety Week - 14th - 18th  July 2008

On average, the equivalent of a cricket team is killed on Western Australian farms each year and there are approximately a 'jumbo jet' full of passengers hospitalised each year. Over ¾ of these hospitalisations occur to males and half of the fatalities occur to residents of the farm.

Vehicles (including All-Terrain Vehicles), falls and tractors are the most common causes of traumatic farm fatalities. Farm machinery and equipment are the major causes of injuries to WA farmers.

As part of Farm Safety Week, Farmsafe WA Alliance and the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety are raising awareness on the main farm hazards.

Four key health and safety areas have been highlighted this year (Click on the link to see the information sheet):

1. Tractor Safety

2. ATV Safety

3. Farm Machinery Safety

4. Workshop Safety

To assist farmers and farm workers to reduce the risk of injury and death caused by these four areas a series of fact sheets, have been developed. The fact sheets provide area specific health and safety information and help farmers identify hazards and the action needed to eliminate or manage the hazard.

To further help farmers and farm workers a simple one page Farm Safety Basics Checklist is available. The Farm Safety Basic Checklist again helps farmers identify potential hazards, prioritise action needed and establish a timeline for the elimination or management of the hazard.

To coincide with Farm Safety Week, Farmsafe Australia has published a new safety guide for farmers, Farm Machinery Guarding - a practical guide, in which common guarding problems and solutions are provided. This guide compliments the already available information booklets, A practical guide for safe use of ATVs and Small Utility Vehicles, and Health and Safety in the Farm Workshop: A practical guide. To download these guides, visit the Farmsafe Australia website.

2008 Farmsafe WA Farmer of the Year Award

The Farmsafe WA Farmer of the Year Award is designed to recognise excellence in Western Australian Farm Health and Safety promotion and practice. The Award is being launched as part of Farm Safety Week, 14th to 18th July 2008. A cash prize of $500 and a trophy will be presented at the Dowerin Agricultural Field Day. For more information, please click here.

To download the application form, please click here. Applications have been extended to 5pm Monday 18th August 2008.


Click on the links below to view previous editions of newsletters

E-News April 2008

E-News July 2008

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