Online WHS in the Agriculture Industry

Online WHS is used throughout many Agricultural Businesses.

Let’s explore what Agricultural Businesses get out of Online WHS and the benefits to the industry.

Safety in the Agriculture Industry

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries to work in with the highest fatality rate of any industry in Australia due to a combination of hazards. These include:

  • Plant and equipment
  • Chemicals
  • Noise
  • Exposure to elements
  • Working with animals and
  • Working in remote areas.

 

What Online WHS focuses on in this Industry

  • To make safety easy – All an employee needs to do is scan a QR Code to complete a form, checklist or report a hazard or incident.
  • To make safety accessible – Online WHS is a cloud based system which can be used anywhere with an internet connection.
  • To make safety simple – Employees can log into the system and know exactly what needs to be actioned by clicking one simple button, the ‘to do list’.
  • To make safety efficient – Online WHS is an automated system. If something needs to be actioned, the relevant person is alerted via email or SMS.

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“We have been using Online WHS since June 2016 and it has been pivotal not only as a safety management system to manage and record of incidents, accidents and near misses but a broader management tool to manage scheduled maintenance of equipment and record employees training and qualifications.”

Anita Hindle, Corporate Services Manager, Withcott Seedlings

Safety Painpoints for Agricultural Businesses

What are the painpoints when managing safety in Agricultural Businesses and how does Online WHS address and solve these points?

  • 01Plant and Equipment

    Managing your plant and equipment, its maintenance and employees qualifications and training to use the item are important especially in the Agricultural industry.

    How can Online WHS solve these issues?
    In the Plant and Equipment Register, you can:
    - View and manage a plant items maintenance schedules
    - Develop checklists such as the pre-start, inspection and fit for duty checklists to keep detailed records to show compliance
    - Set training and qualification criteria’s to the use of the plant item
    - See which employees meet that criteria
    - For the employee to assign a plant item in and out which creates a history of use record in the employees history
    - Manage insurances, registrations and review dates.

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  • 01Employee/Contractor Management and Inductions

    Staying on top of employee certifications can be tiresome. Especially in the Agriculture Industry where employees are required to have a large number of certifications.

    How can Online WHS solve these issues?
    - Use the Employee and Contractor Modules to keep track of your employees certifications, insurances, licences and qualifcations. The system will alert the administrator and employee when their certification is about to expire so it can be updated.
    - Use the E-Learning Module to induct and train employees and contractors in your workplace safety processes.
    - Use the qualification matrix to make sure your employees and contractors have the right qualifications and training to use plant and equipment items or handle chemicals.

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  • 01Chemical Management

    If your company users Chemicals or hazardous substances then you must have a Chemical Register in place and also have the appropriate Safety Data Sheet (SDS) formerly Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

    How can Online WHS solve these issues?
    - Use the Procedure Register to manage chemical handling procedures.
    - Use the Hazard Register to complete a risk assessment.
    - Use the E-Learning Module to train your employees on how to use chemicals safely.

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Online WHS for the Agricultural Industry

What registers help the Agricultural Industry manage their safety obligations?

Policy and PlanningPlant and Equipment

It is a WHS requirement to keep an equipment register with a history of the maintenance performed on each item. Online WHS maintains an automated log of updates made to a piece of equipment to assist you track its maintenance records.

Injury ManagementChemicals

Online WHS can help manage safe work procedures for how to use, handle and store chemicals, hazardous substances and dangerous good.

Risk ManagementChecklist Builder

The Checklist Builder allows you to create checklists which can be related to sites, activities, plant & equipment, chemicals, employees and more.

Employee ManagementInduction Module

The E-Learning Register of the Online WHS System allows you to assign inductions and records the results.

Record ManagementQualification Matrix and Manager

The Qualification Matrix and Manager allows you to keep track of your employees and qualifications. If you relate a qualification to a position, any employee related to that position without the proper qualifications will be highlighted as yellow in the Qualification Matrix, automatically creating a Training Needs Analysis.

Environmental ManagementContractor Management

The Online WHS System’s Contractor Register assists you in making sure your contractors are inducted, have the appropriate qualifications, safe work documents and procedures, insurances and licenses to operate at your site.

Record ManagementSWMs Module

In the SWMs Module you can outline the high risk work activities to be carried out at a workplace, the hazards that may arise from these activities, and the measures to put in place to control the risks.

Environmental ManagementMaintenance Manager

In the Maintenance Manager you can develop a maintenance request for a site, location or plant and equipment item.

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