AgForce is preparing a formal submission as part of a Government review of the Rural Plant Code of Practice.
The review, which includes a public consultation phase, focuses on workforce safety surrounding machinery or on-farm vehicles or tools, and will consider what changes are necessary to ensure the Code remains fit-for-purpose and supports the agriculture industry to meet legislative obligations.
A number of key areas have been identified as requiring significant attention:
- Tractor rollover protection
- Quad Bikes and side-by-side vehicles
- Technological advancements
- Electrical risks
- Isolation and fatigue
Although it underwent two minor desktop reviews in 2012 and 2018, the Rural Plant Code of Practice has not had a thorough going over since its introduction in 2004.