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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Conference Program and Registrations Open

National Farm Health and Safety Conference Registrations Open

Farmsafe WA Alliance is hosting "Time to Act" - 7th National Farm Health and Safety Conference on behalf of Farmsafe Australia. This national conference aims to build on the previous theme, Leading Change by providing the opportunity to discuss what is happening and encourage organisations to move forward and act towards changing the safety culture in rural enterprises.

The program is a diverse and colourful event that is underpinned by quality abstracts and spear-headed by several outstanding individuals whose presentations will both inspire, inform and entertain.

We encourage anyone interested in renewing energy and commitment to farm health and safety; learning the latest on what works in farm health and safety; learning practical ways to improve farm health and safety promotion and activities and exchanging valuable ideas and tips with colleagues to attend the conference.

The event will be held from the 13th to 15th October 2009 at The Vines in the Swan Valley and involves an industry tour as well as a mid-conference dinner and the presentation of the National Farm Safety Awards.

Sponsors of the event include CGU Insurance, GRDC, Alcoa, Landmark, Farm Weekly, Elders and Injury Control Council of WA (ICCWA). Visit our Conference Page for more information.

Farm Safety Week 2009

Farm Safety Week - 20th to 24th July 2009

Farmers and farming families are continuing to be injured and killed on Western Australian farms. Farm Safety Week is an opportune time for farmers to consider making adjustments to their farming practices to ensure everyone, including visitors and children, remain safe on farms and stations.

Last year's WA Farm Safety Award Winner, Rod Birch, has taken steps towards improving the safety on his farm.

Rod, who with wife Shelley crops wheat, canola and lupins at their property Catalina Farms, 30km south-east of Coorow, was presented last year with the CSBP sponsored award. Mr Birch said he had always considered risk mitigation a very important part of his farming enterprise and farm safety was a natural part of this process.

"The safety of our family members, our staff, contractors and visitors to the property is paramount," he said. "It's about being proactive rather than reactive so we have as many protocols in place to avert possible dangers or risks."

"In 1998 we chose to adopt a QA (quality assurance) program for our entire business in the belief that eliminating the risks meant less problems and a more successful and enjoyable farming enterprise."

"This includes full farm safety induction for all new staff, regular updates for existing staff and promoting the mindset that we don't take risks and they shouldn't either."

Farmsafe WA Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming. We would like to encourage farmers to adopt a safety culture on their farm similar to Rod Birch and his family.

As part of Farm Safety Week, Farmsafe WA will be releasing daily media releases that will focus on key farm safety issues such as child safety on farms, road safety, noise injury prevention and four-wheel motorbike and machinery safety. Other checklists and information will also be made available for anyone interested.

For further information on Farm Safety Week and for further media releases click the link below or contact Michelle Taylor at the office on  (08) 9359 4118.

Monday 20th July 2009 Media Release Drive Safe

Tuesday 21st July 2009 Media Release Child Safety

Wednesday 22nd July 2009 Media Release Four Wheel Motorbike

Thursday 23rd July 2009 Media Release Hearing

Friday 24th July 2009 Media Release Machinery

Friday 24th July 2009 Media Release Conference

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