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Working Environment

Working Environment safety

Is your farm a great place to work? Is the farm well set up for people to work safely and comfortably? This topic covers safety in the farm working environment across five distinct areas:

  • Physical environment hazards (including noise, dust, heat, cold and UV exposure),

  • Facilities for workers, 

  • Psychosocial hazards (inc. contributors to workplace stress, fatigue, harassment, bullying and violence), 

  • Injury management (inc. health monitoring, injury reporting and compensation, health and safety communication) and 

  • Emergency responses, including emergency response plans, facilities and equipment 


Work Health and Safety regulations require that you must assess and manage the risks to health and safety associated with the working environment of the farm. 

Use the resources below to ensure that you are managing a safe workplace and fulfilling your legal obligations.

A good place to start is Step by step -Setting up for a safe working environment on your farm


The Farm Safety Manual aims to make it straightforward for dairy farmers to build and improve a comprehensive farm safety system.

Farm Safety Manual
Working Environment: Quick safety scan PDF
WKE: Step by step - Setting up water and effluent safety on your farm PDF
WKE: Safety self assessment PDF     
Fatigue poster PDF
WKE: Injury management (inc. notifiable incidents information & regulator details)
WKE: Portable fire extinguisher guide PDF
Further information
Testing noise levels - phone app list                                                                     Website
Model Code of Practice: Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
(Safe Work Australia)
Hearing protection guide PDF
Hearing tests explained (Australian Hearing) Website
Asthma information (Asthma Australia) Website
Disposable dust masks guide  PDF
Organic farm dusts (University of Sydney) PDF 
Heat / Cold / UV   
Heat related illness (SafeWork NSW) Website
Sun protection in the workplace (Cancer Council) Website
Facilities for workers  
Model Code of Practice: Managing the work environment and facilities 
(Safe Work Australia)
Psychosocial hazards  
Fatigue self assessment (University of Sydney) PDF
Fatigue - includes guides, case studies (Safe Work Australia) Website
Farm workplace policies 
this site
Preventing and responding to workplace bullying 
Unlawful harassment (Human Rights Commission)
Injury management - templates, record keeping this site
Notifiable incidents factsheet (Safe Work Australia) Website
Model Code of Practice: WH&S consultation, co-operation and co-ordination
(Safe Work Australia)
Emergency response  
Medical emergency poster template Word
Calling 000 - Triple zero Website
First aid in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) Website 
Extreme weather information (Dairy Australia)
Emergency management - developing a plan for a small organisation
(WorkSafe Victoria)
Guide to fire extinguishers Website

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