Safety in the Farming Environment
Workplace Safety is a key component to the success of any business – that goes without saying. But on a working farm, safety becomes paramount. As all our clients know, farming jobs can be dangerous. It’s hard to list another industry, after all, where an employee may be exposed to so much machinery, outdoor weather, physical exertion…the list goes on!
The People in Ag’s Safety in the Workplace article states the following for Farming Jobs and Farm Managers:
“[The] employer should cover health and safety policies and procedures on the farm, including where these policies and procedures are kept, during the Induction process. [The] employer will most likely give [the employee] a safety induction checklist that has information relevant to [the] workplace."
It is crucial to the ongoing general safety of a working farm that all accidents and potential hazards should be reported to the employer or farm manager if and when they happen so that future measures can be put in place to prevent similar circumstances occurring again.
Contracts for Full Time Farm Hands and Farm Workers
Following on from the theme of our last blog post, this week we will talk about creating contracts for full-time Farm Hands and Farm Workers.
The People in Agriculture website states the following under Employment Contract on their Documents you will need to Employ Someone page:
All employees, should be provided with a written contract signed by both the employer and the employee. […] Contracts should include the classification, pay rate, hours of work, any shift penalties or loading, leave entitlements, and notice period for termination of employment.