Farming and Rural WH&S

Farming and Rural Workplace Health and Safety Legislation

What do you need to do to comply?

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Up until September 2008, Workplace Health and Safety regulations had rural exemptions in place, meaning that rural industries and farming were not subject to the same workplace health and safety rules that other industries were under. This has now changed.

From 2010, Rural businesses had to get workplace health and safety regulations (or farm OH&S as others sometimes call it) in place on their farm or rural business.

Outlined below are some of the circumstances that a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their workers.

  • Having safe work systems in place
  • Maintenance of the working areas, machinery and keeping equipment maintained and in a safe condition
  • Making sure all workers are aware of hazards and potential hazards such as the use of chemicals and other volatile or poisonous substances
  • Controlling hazards in the plant and machinery areas and animal handling
  • Providing proper safety clothing like ear muffs, or plugs for hearing protection, eye protection for welding jobs and gloves to avoid potential skin problems when working with chemicals especially herbicides & fertilizers used in the rural industry

We can help

Most days, risks on the farm can be assessed and worked out on the fly however; there are some more complex issues that will require more planning and strategic thinking on your part. If you’re interested in finding out more about risk management for rural industries you can read more in section 1, 2 and 3 of the Rural Plant Industry Code of Practice 2004.

At Personalised Business, we offer Farming and Rural OH&S Consultancy. We can help you to remain compliant as well as the protect the safety of you and your staff

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Farming and Rural Risk Management

One of the main aspects of risk management is writing a Risk Assessment. We go through your property and identify potential risks that you or your employees might face on a day-to-day basis. From this, a plan can be created to minimise these identified risks and procedures put in place for staff for follow.

Record keeping is an important process of rural risk management as it allows you to identify areas you have improved on and areas that might need a little more work. A secondary benefit is that keeping thorough documentation will provide the evidence needed to comply with the new Rural OH&S or Farm Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

Rural management is a specialised area and we are able to assist as members of our team have vast experience and an agricultural background.


Contact Personalised Business for all of your
Workplace Health & Safety Consulting needs



Workplace Health & Safety Consultants

PO Box 678
Bribie Island QLD 4507
Tel: 07 3410 8482

Worplace Health & Safety Training and Audits

WH&S Services:

  • Safety Officers
  • Fire Safety Advisors
  • Risk Assessments
  • Seminars
  • Hazardous Material Management
  • Harmonisation Laws
  • Farming / Rural WH&S


HR Services:

  • HR Management
  • HR Audits
  • Staff/Team Assessments
  • Staff Surveys
  • Software Systems
  • Coaching Programs


Workplace Auditing Services:

  • Safety Management Systems (OHSMS AS4801)
  • Construction Audits
  • High risk safety work (SWMS) Audits
  • Traffic Management
  • Environmental Audits
  • Ergonomic Audits
  • HR Audits
  • QMS Audits


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