Tasmanian Government urges fresh focus on farm safety

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The Tasmanian Government is urging a fresh focus on the issue of farm safety during National Farm Safety Week.

National Farm Safety Week with the theme, “creating a resilient, safe and healthy ag community”, highlights the importance of business and industry working together to increase the well-being of Australian farmers and reduce the death and injuries associated with health and safety risks on farms.

An additional $600,000 State Budget has been allocated to provide more support for the Safe Farming Tasmania Program over the next four years.

“Our farming families and rural communities are our greatest asset and investing in the safety of our people is critical if we are to grow the value of agriculture to $10 billion by 2050,” said Premier Will Hodgman.

“Through guidance and advice, Safe Farming Tasmania Program is changing the culture on the farm. The Farm Safe Tasmania Program is driven by education and encourages increased health, safety, and well-being awareness and work health and safety behavioural change within our rural sector by assisting industry with practical guidance and information.

“The program aims to reduce farm related death, injury, and disease, and improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers in the Tasmanian rural sector with heightened awareness and practical programs.

“By providing practical advice, information, and support tailored to suit the needs of each individual business the Safe Farming Tasmania Program has become a respected and trusted source of work health and safety information.”

The program is a joint initiative between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and WorkSafe Tasmania.

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