In Farm Safety Week 2022, Pro-Visual launched the newly released AR Interactive Livestock, Hay & Fodder Industry Guide to Safety 2022/23 in conjunction with industry partnering associations, Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA,) Are You Bogged Mate?, Rural Aid Buy a Bale, and endorsed by the NSCA Foundation. It assists in recognising and controlling the key hazards and risks with the latest WHS Regulatory Guidelines & Framework focused on proactive prevention of injury, ill-health and essential information in order to help create a workplace safety culture of zero harm.
Designed to be displayed in the workplace, the AR Interactive Livestock, Hay & Fodder Industry Guide to Safety 2022/23 is developed with interactive augmented reality (AR) capabilities for use with a smart device, by simply downloading the free Pro-Vis AR App via the App Store or Google Play to access farm-safety resources. This leading-edge, digitally interactive Guide is a targeted response to a changed landscape as workers often respond well to information relayed via visual means such as videos and 3D animations rather than technical written documents, and so is a highly effective communication tool.
Together Pro-Visual and their partnering associations have identified WHS and high-risk hazards pertinent to this vital sector:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing of farmers and farm families is a primary focus with male farm owners and managers dying from suicide at around twice the rate of the national average of other males. Whilst not directly reflected in Safer Farms Report 2022 statistics, mental health and wellbeing play a huge role when it comes to dealing with risks and hazards on-farm.
Free Pro Vis AR App downloadable resources include access to Rural and Remote Mental Health – Rural Minds; Are you Bogged Mate? – The farmer’s version of ‘R U OK? videos; Safe Work Australia “What advice would you give to struggling farmers” video series.
- Managing the risks of Telehandlers — The Guide covers the requirements for businesses of their duty to identify hazards, manage risks and provision of safe work procedures in accordance with the WHS Act 2011 and WHS Regulation 2017. An overwhelming concentration of fatalities consistently around 70% relate to interaction with plant, machinery and vehicles. Free resources include Advanced Telehandler Forklift Training; How to do a Telehandler Pre-Operation Inspection & What NOT to do in a Telehandler Forklift video series.
- AFIA Training Your Workers — The Guide covers the requirements for businesses of their duty to ensure workers are trained and remain safe in their workplace.
- Fatigue Management.