Safe Ag Systems™ Blog

Keep your cool - and stay safe

Posted by Catherine Rice | 8 December 2017

The weather in 2017 has been unpredictable. But one thing we know for sure is that Australian summers are hot, and as a consequence there are extra risks in working outdoors during the summer months in agriculture.

Two key personal safety issues to consider are sun exposure which can lead to skin cancer, and heat exhaustion.

Skin cancer
Looking at the statistics for skin cancer is frightening - there's no denying it. As the third most common cancer in Australia, melanoma affects more than 12,000 Australians every year. And non-melanoma skin cancers, which aren't reported to cancer registries, affect more than 750,000 people every year.

Outdoor workers receive 5 to 10 times more UV radiation exposure than indoor workers, significantly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma.

But there is good news. Survival rates from skin cancer are surprisingly high. The five-year relative survival rate for melanoma is 88% for men and 93% for women and for non-melanoma skin cancer it's 68% for men and 74% for women.

We know the evidence proves that catching skin cancer early can be the difference between life and death.

Tips and Hints

What does your harvest lunchbox look like?

Posted by Katy Landt | 8 December 2017

Farming families are usually pretty good at healthy eating with fresh eggs from resident chooks and often home grown fruit and veges but our good habits seem to slide down the drain at harvest time.

Harvest days are long... or should we say harvest "shifts" because they seem to merge both day and night and the last thing on the agenda is cooking! As much as our older farmers may fondly remember walking home to a kitchen smelling of freshly baked cakes and casseroles with tomorrow's lunch box in the fridge and the thermos sitting ready to fill todays reality doesn't quite cut the mustard. How many of us today are more likely to grab a few cans of coke, an iced coffee and something from a packet?

Food for Fuel

Crack the whip to stay healthy and fit

Guest post by Joy McClymont | 8 December 2017

There's no doubt that farmers are busy, as are a lot of other people, however prioritising the property above their health has serious impacts on the ability to work in and on the business.

We're seeing the impact of this far and wide in rural and remote Australia with an increasing amount of obesity, stress, depression and chronic disease in farming families.

We first met Joy McClymont earlier this year at the Australian Women in Agriculture National Conference and she immediately made an impact. Her enthusiasm and passion is very contagious so we have asked Joy to be our guest this week and offer some practical solutions about keeping fit on the farm.

Farm Safety is our passion but we know how important our health affects our ability to get the job done without enduring any injuries to ourselves.

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A message from the CEO

Posted by Catherine Rice | 23 November 2017

Some may remember the time when seat belts were not law. People wore them because they were told it will keep them safe, but that wasn't enough. Penalties were introduced to shake the majority into action.

Fast-forward almost 40 years. It's happening again.

My conversations had with the later group stalls when trying to associate an on farm 'safety system' with reducing fatality rates in agriculture.

Its not until I explain what it is and how it can be implemented do the heads starts to nod.

Full Message

Top 10 Blogs you should read

Posted by Catherine Rice | 23 November 2017

Australian famers are a passionate group, excited by their lifestyle, and many of them choose to share this enthusiasm through the written word or photography.

In this week's blog, we've decided to highlight some of our colleagues' blogs from around the country. This list of the top 10 blogs in Australian agriculture includes personal blog posts, photographic blogs as well as industry and research content.

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National Agriculture Day

Posted by Catherine Rice | 23 November 2017

National Agriculture Day, held on Tuesday this week, has acted as a catalyst for improving understanding of the agriculture industry among the broader Australian community.

In research before this week's celebration, the National Farmers' Federation found that 83% of Australians described their connection with farming as 'distant' or 'non-existent'.

Now is the time to seize the publicity generated by Australia's inaugural National Agriculture Day to educate our city counterparts on the importance of the industry. Agriculture is an essential ingredient in every meal on our plates, and every natural fibre on our backs.

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