Farmers get the safety message

'We are seeing a culture of change'

'We are seeing a culture of change'

Safer farms: The message is getting across to farmers round health and safety practices on-farm according to people at the sharp end of ensuring the right messages, information and practices get out there. Hemi Morete (at left) from Exigent, Jo Roe from WorkSafe NZ and Beef & Lamb NZ extension manager Mark Harris put together the safety workshops in Gisborne and Wairoa this week. The Gisborne one was held at the Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club. Picture by Murray Robertson

FARMERS have been “getting the message” more and more round farm safety and the Beef and Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) Farm Safety Management System has been playing an important part.

A group of 16 farmers attended another B+LNZ farm safety workshop at the Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club on Tuesday.

“We are seeing a culture of change where farmers are more aware and realising what they have to do,” said B+LNZ eastern extension manager Mark Harris. His comments were backed up by WorkSafe NZ assessment inspector Jo Roe from Hawke’s Bay, who attended the workshop.

“The message is getting across, and I think there is better engagement from farmers round farm safety,” she said.

The workshop was facilitated by Exigent director Hemi Morete. Exigent developed the B+LNZ Farm Safety Management package, in consultation with WorkSave NZ.

'The package gives farmers confidence that what they are doing on-farm round safety is right'

“The package gives farmers confidence that what they are doing on-farm round safety is right, and they are learning it from an independent source. It helps to have a WorkSafe NZ representative in the room when the workshop is delivered. It adds credibility,” Mr Morete said.

“There has been independent research done on the success of the safety management package, and the outcome was positive. It is too early yet to tell however if the measures farmers have put in place on-farm as a result of it has reduced the farm accident rate.”

Mr Morete said the latest workshop in Gisborne included new material round hazardous substances.“There are new regulations round it and farmers need to be aware of that.”

Mr Harris said the response and feedback from the farmers who attended on Tuesday was positive.“We will bring the programme back to Gisborne if there’s a demand for it.”

They took it to Wairoa on Wednesday. The programme takes a practical approach to safety risk management on-farm, and attendees get provided with plans to be compliant, along with a free copy of the B+LNZ Safety Management System.

FARMERS have been “getting the message” more and more round farm safety and the Beef and Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) Farm Safety Management System has been playing an important part.

A group of 16 farmers attended another B+LNZ farm safety workshop at the Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club on Tuesday.

“We are seeing a culture of change where farmers are more aware and realising what they have to do,” said B+LNZ eastern extension manager Mark Harris. His comments were backed up by WorkSafe NZ assessment inspector Jo Roe from Hawke’s Bay, who attended the workshop.

“The message is getting across, and I think there is better engagement from farmers round farm safety,” she said.

The workshop was facilitated by Exigent director Hemi Morete. Exigent developed the B+LNZ Farm Safety Management package, in consultation with WorkSave NZ.

'The package gives farmers confidence that what they are doing on-farm round safety is right'

“The package gives farmers confidence that what they are doing on-farm round safety is right, and they are learning it from an independent source. It helps to have a WorkSafe NZ representative in the room when the workshop is delivered. It adds credibility,” Mr Morete said.

“There has been independent research done on the success of the safety management package, and the outcome was positive. It is too early yet to tell however if the measures farmers have put in place on-farm as a result of it has reduced the farm accident rate.”

Mr Morete said the latest workshop in Gisborne included new material round hazardous substances.“There are new regulations round it and farmers need to be aware of that.”

Mr Harris said the response and feedback from the farmers who attended on Tuesday was positive.“We will bring the programme back to Gisborne if there’s a demand for it.”

They took it to Wairoa on Wednesday. The programme takes a practical approach to safety risk management on-farm, and attendees get provided with plans to be compliant, along with a free copy of the B+LNZ Safety Management System.

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