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Employee Consultation

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Staff often deal with equipment and processes that employers don’t, so to ensure property owners are aware of all of the risks and hazards on their farms, they should regularly consult with their workers.

 

Directly consulting with staff means employers can get input on solutions from those that do the work and are most involved, and it also builds trust between employers and employees. Consultations can be informal or formal, but should be conducted regularly.

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OBJECTIVE

Learn how to effectively consult with workers on your farm

 

BEST PRACTICE 

There are multiple steps farmers can take to ensure open communication between employers and employees.

  • Employers should consult with staff when identifying hazards and assess risks
  • Employers should consult with staff on deciding how to eliminate or minimize risks
  • Employers should consult with staff when making decisions about workplace facilities
  • Employers should consult with staff if they want to propose changes that may affect the health and safety of workers
  • Employers should hold regular meetings, and can be informal or formal
  • Employees can elect a health and safety representative, or request the formation of a health and safety committee, to consult and represent safety concerns to management
  • Employers should keep records of employee consultation meetings

ACTIONS

There are actions farmers can take to ensure open communication between themselves and their workers

Think about the last time you had a meeting with your staff, and if it was a while ago, arrange one in the near future

Discuss potential hazards and risks on the farm with your staff, as well as ways to eliminate or minimize them

If you are changing any of the workplace facilities, ensure you consult with your staff to let them know

If you have a big enough workplace, elect a health and safety representative or form an OHS committee to represent the entire group

If you don’t already keep records of staff consultations, start doing so

Contact us to access FREE policy and procedure templates 

This website is part of the VFF Making Our Farms Safer project, funded by the Victorian Government to provide all Victorian farmers with support and resources to improve health and safety on farms.


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The Victorian Farmers Federation is an active, powerful lobby group dedicated to the interests of farmers and making a difference to communities.
With a strong record of successful political advocacy and leadership, the VFF has generated substantial benefits for the agriculture sector since its formation in 1979.  

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