Women in agriculture ‘lunch and learn’ with SafeWork
Women in the agriculture industry are invited to attend their local Lunch and Learn event as part of SafeWork NSW’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series.
The one-hour Lunch and Learn sessions will be held throughout June across 12 regional locations, with SafeWork partnering with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) to link attendees to local mental health and wellbeing services.
SafeWork Executive Director, Tony Williams, said the regional event series will allow women in agriculture to meet with local Inspectors connected to the agriculture industry and network with like-minded people.
“We are launching the Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series so women who work in agriculture or live on farms have access to the tools and resources necessary to operate safely and achieve WHS compliance,” Mr Williams said.
“After a year that saw many regional events cancelled due to COVID-19 our inspectors are pleased to have this opportunity to meet in person with locals.”
“Workers in the Agriculture sector are at far greater risk of being killed or injured at work than other sectors and while farmers make up just a small fraction of our total workforce, they make up a large number of workplace deaths and serious injuries.
“Tragically, farming still accounts for one in every five worker deaths.
“After attending the Lunch and Learn session, eligible participants can apply for a $500 small business rebate and rebates through the Quad Bike safety improvement program up to the value of $2,000,” Mr Williams said.
Sessions are being held at Albury, Bega, Casino, Leeton, Maitland/Tocal, Moree, Nowra, Orange, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and Yass.
The series is being held as part of ongoing delivery of the Agriculture WHS Sector Plan.