From this section, you can download farm safety resources and practical guidelines to get started with a safety plan for your farm.




Work Health and Safety Action Plan

Training Register – help to keep records of your worker’s training.

Injury Register – this will help you keep records of injury, learn from injuries that occur and put in place improvements to prevent them happening again.

Fatigue Management – all farms must have fatigue management within their safety plan.

Farm Safety Guides – there are many safety guides to help you find the right solutions to just about all the common safety risks on farms. Have a look at all the headings, these are useful to find solutions to common hazards and are industry endorsed.

Commodity Specific Guides

Safety induction

Emergency planning

Regardless of controls put in place to prevent Work Health and Safety (WHS) incidents occurring, they can still happen. For example, a fire can start, someone may get electrocuted, trapped or injured by machinery or exposed to pesticides or chemicals. You must be prepared for any foreseeable incident.

A Farm Emergency Plan

The purpose of an emergency plan is to minimise the effects of a dangerous incident. When developing an emergency plan, consideration must be made of:

  • the size and location of the farm
  • the hazards on the farm
  • the work being done, and
  • the number of workers and other persons living on the farm.

Content of Emergency Plans

An Emergency Plan should include:

  • Emergency procedures that include:
    • an effective response to an emergency evacuation procedures
    • notification procedures to advise emergency services
    • medical treatment and assistance
    • communication procedures between the person coordinating the emergency response and all persons at the workplace
  • Testing emergency procedures and how often this will be done
  • How workers and contractors will be provided with information, training and instruction about implementing the emergency procedures

An Emergency Plan template can be downloaded following this hyperlink.

Farm safety records

Keeping records of farm safety management is important.

The following documents will download MS Word templates to keep Farm Safety Action and other WHS records on your farm

Training resources

Pre-Start Safety Induction for Entry Level Farm Workers

This program provides an introduction to farm health and safety for young and inexperienced farm workers.

It can be delivered by organisations such as labour hire companies and training organisations who have a practical knowledge of farming, WHS and have a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training. Topics include:

  • Workers WHS responsibilities
  • Communicating safety in the workplace
  • Basic risk managment principles identifying hazards and risk
  • Common hazards on Australian farms and their control
  • Farm emergencies and emergency procedures
  • Reporting injury and near miss incidents, and
  • Where to get WHS information

MFS – Managing Farm Safety

The MFS – Managing Farm Safety training program was developed by AgHealth Australia has been delivered Australia wide by accredited instructors within the Farmsafe Australia network.

Resources accompanying the Managing Farm Safety training program are available in the “Farmer Resources’ section. Resources include checklists, inductions and safety guides for farmers and farm managers to manage safety on their farms.