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Hazardous chemicals and dangerous substances

Most farmers handle, use and store hazardous chemicals for a range of activities. The effects of chronic exposure to chemicals, such as pesticides, are not always immediately obvious and sometimes do not appear for many years. Exposure through inhalation, direct skin contact or ingestion may cause skin irritation, cancers or respiratory sensitisation. For each chemical

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Livestock yards and loading areas

Livestock has the potential to cause serious injuries and even death to their handlers. Amongst other solutions, livestock handling facilities should be well designed and functional for both livestock welfare and worker safety. Use the quick safety scan below to assess health and safety related to livestock handling at your workplace. Items where you tick

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Beef up your security to prevent livestock theft

Operation Poach was introduced by SAPOL in July 2011 as a direct response to the increased reporting of livestock theft across the state, with the objective to significantly reduce the theft of livestock. Livestock theft causes significant financial losses for farmers, not only through monetary loss of the stock but also the loss of future

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SA Gun Laws

Gun laws and your responsibilities

Important Legislation Changes Saturday, 1 July 2017 marked the day that the new Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017 became operative in South Australia. The new legislation imparts important obligations and responsibilities on firearm licensees. It is important every licensee and licence applicant familiarise themselves with the legislation. The changes will require some licensees

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Farmers playing with fire

South Australia’s farmers are “playing with fire” every time they go out to work on their properties. That warning has come from SA Power Networks following another summer of fire starts caused by farm vehicles making contact with and bringing-down power lines. “We had 12 incidents between the start of November 2017 and the end

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Is your farm bushfire ready?

Bushfires and grass fires are a serious threat to farmers. A fire can wipe out years of hard work in a moment. While it is impossible to eliminate the risk of fire, farmers can introduce measures to reduce the threat. A Bushfire Survival Plan should be an integral part of an overall business management plan,

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Venomous Snakes of Australia

Taipans Taipans are amongst the most feared and deadly snakes in the world, combining extremely potent and copious amounts of venom, long fangs and an accurate strike! There are 2 species of Taipans in Australia, the Coastal Taipan, found along the high rainfall Eastern coast and all through Cape York Peninsula; and the Inland Taipan,

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Safety First when digging – Dial Before You Dig

Dial Before You Dig is a free service that puts farmers planning to dig in contact with owners of underground pipes and cables that may run through and around rural properties. It is essential to lodge an enquiry with Dial Before You Dig before any excavation work as the presence or location of underground assets

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What is LPG?

LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas – describes flammable hydrocarbon gases including propane, butane and mixtures of these gases. LPG, liquefied through pressurisation, comes from natural gas processing and oil refining. LPG is used as heating, cooking and auto fuel. In different countries, what is supplied can be propane, butane or propane-butane blends. In 7 LPG

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What tools can help you improve your operation?

Australian farmers are some of the hardest working people in the country. You work long hours, making it a challenge to keep up to date with the latest technologies available. There are so many products on the market that could help you in your daily lives, but which product is the right one? Always stay

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