Keep safe, keep growing

This guide is about protecting the productivity of your farm and the lifestyle you enjoy.



You can prevent many of the injuries and much of the ill-health that take people away from work by planning to manage risk. Each injury or illness means people can’t work, whether it’s for an hour, a day, or permanently. This impacts on the productivity of the farm and on your ability to enjoy the lifestyle offered by living on farm.

Key points

This guide will help you work out:

  • the best way for you to identify, manage and communicate health and safety risks to family and workers
  • what part other people on farm should play in risk management.

It’s about people and productivity

What needs to happen to make your farm healthy and safe?

Everyone stand up and be responsible

Health and safety does not happen without the boss and everyone else getting in behind it.

Everyone get involved

The more people involved in managing risk, the more likely the risk will be managed. More people making a farm healthy and safe will mean fewer people will get injured or sick.

Keep at it

Managing risk is not about documents and manuals. It’s about thinking and talking about risks and doing what needs to be done to stay healthy and safe every day.

Stay vigilant

Farms change from day-to-day. So do the risks. Make sure everyone on farm knows about the risks on your farm, how they can change with the time of day, the season of the year, or a person’s emotional or physical state.

The bottom line

Health and safety does not need to be complicated – you can make it simple and practical to meet the needs of your business. Think about risk before doing tasks.

It’s about people and productivity