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 Keeping Calm and Carrying On: The 4 Pillars of Safety in Agricultural Emergencies

Keeping Calm and Carrying On: The 4 Pillars of Safety in Agricultural Emergencies

Australia’s agricultural sector is the backbone of our economy, but working the land comes with inherent risks. From machinery accidents to animal encounters and even natural disasters, being prepared for emergencies is critical. But preparedness goes beyond just knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath. It’s about building a culture of safety with four key pillars:

1. The Right First Aid Training: Equipping yourself and your workers with proper first aid training is the first line of defense. This includes CPR, trauma wound care, and how to handle specific emergencies like snake bites or allergic reactions. Make sure the course is suitable to the environment you work in. And I would suggest anyone who works on a farm should really be doing Remote Area First Aid. Knowing these skills can buy precious time until professional help arrives.

2. The Right First Aid Equipment: Having a well-stocked first aid kit readily available is essential. The contents will vary depending on the size and type of your operation, but generally should include bandages, dressings, pain relief medication, and other essential supplies. Visit If you are after advice on what equipment is suitable email us and ask.

3. The Right Critical Incident Response Process: A clear and well-rehearsed critical incident response plan is vital. This plan should outline the steps to take in the event of an emergency, including delegating tasks, notifying emergency services, and ensuring the safety of everyone involved. Regularly reviewing and practicing this plan will ensure everyone knows their role in a crisis.

4. The Right Mental Health Awareness Follow Up Process: The emotional impact of an emergency can be significant, for both those directly involved and those who witnessed the event. Having a mental health awareness program in place shows your commitment to the well-being of your workers. This could include providing access to employee assistance programs (EAPs) or critical incident stress management (CISM) services.

By focusing on these four pillars, you can create a safer working environment for yourself and your employees. Remember, a prepared workforce is a resilient workforce. So take the time to invest in these vital safety measures – it could save a life. If you are not sure how prepared you are Click here to take our 3 minute quiz and get a personalised report sent to you.

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By Scott Brown

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Author bio:

For over 23 years Scott Brown has been training Remote Area First Aid across Australia. Having first joined Rural Ambulance Victoria in 2001 and working in the high-country in Victoria, he began teaching First Aid for Rural Ambulance Victoria. 23 years on, he works with some of Australia’s largest pastoral corporations and property managers that combined manage over 200,000 square kms of the Australian landscape.

Known for conveying detailed First Aid information in a relatable and relaxed way, Scott’s courses have become popular with Agricultural Property Managers, overseers and ringers alike. The highly practical course content ensures relevance to actual situations that are possible to encounter on a working property.

Scott continues to work with Ambulance Victoria alongside his First Aid training. 

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