Farm Safety: Consulting with Personnel

Farm safety Personnel, How to consult with workers about safety

Consultation with personnel is not just something you must do by law; it can also be a very effective motivational tool.

Legislation does require farms to consult with their personnel. However, what farms must consult about and how to consult is not always clearly specified. Should staff request the election of health and safety representatives or the establishment of a safety and health committee, a very clear procedure needs to occur, which we at ProcessWorx can assist with.

However, today we want to talk about consultation in general. Firstly, it’s important to establish communication processes such as:

  • A notice board,
  • The portal with access to policies and procedures, and
  • Scheduled staff meetings.

We recommend holding staff meetings once every three months. Some of the topics we recommend discussing at these staff meetings include:

  • Recent hazards and incidents,
  • Recent changes to policies and procedures,
  • Upcoming work on the farm,
  • Ask staff for feedback about safety and allow staff to be involved in the development of new procedures,
  • Present a safety topic (present one of the Farm’s procedures), and
  • Present and review a few sections of the Risk Register.

The new Farm WHS Portal (currently being implemented) includes a ‘Toolbox Meeting Record Template’ which farms can use to keep a record of staff meetings.

The benefit of good communication with farm staff, and including staff in the decision-making process is that it begins to engineer staff buy-in. Staff buy-in means that staff feel ownership of the Farm’s procedures and will be more likely to champion their success.

ProcessWorx has just finished developing a new Farm Work Health & Safety System that together with ProcessWorx’s support will greatly assist farmers to meet their WHS duty of care under the new WHS legislation.

For more information about Farm Safety contact ProcessWorx on (08) 9316 9896 or 

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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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Aimee Grigson

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Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.