Health, wellbeing & safety

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Chemicals – spray drift
Sprayed chemicals can drift over neighbouring properties, waterways and water tanks, this is referred to as spray drift.  Spray drift can affect human, animal...
March 21, 2014
Chemicals – safe handling
Chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, veterinary chemicals and fuels are commonly handled on farms. These chemicals can be dangerous and need...
March 21, 2014
Bushfires and water tanks
Water tanks are common on farms; however take care before drinking water from your tank if there have been a bushfires in your area, or if your property was...
March 21, 2014
Bushfire safety
If there is risk of a bushfire in your area, be fire ready and carry out your planned and practiced bushfire survival plan. If you live in a bushfire area,...
March 21, 2014
Bushfire aftermath - hazards
Bushfires are a powerful and potentially devastating occurrence. Clean up and recovery after a bushfire can be heart wrenching, traumatic and also dangerous....
March 21, 2014
Scabby mouth (Orf)
Farmers and farm workers can catch scabby mouth when they have an abrasion that comes into contact with infected animals. They can also be infected...
March 21, 2014
Q fever
Q fever is an infection that produces flu-like symptoms in humans but shows little or no symptoms in animals. Read more...
March 21, 2014
Psittacosis – Ornithosis
Psittacosis (sometimes called ornithosis or parrot disease or parrot fever) is an infection of the lung (pneumonia) caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila. Read...
March 21, 2014
Lyssavirus
Thankfully Lyssavirus is a rare disease in Australia and only three human deaths have been recorded since it was discovered in 1996. Read more...
March 21, 2014
Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria.  People can catch Leptospirosis when they come in contact with the urine or birth products from...
March 21, 2014
Hendra virus
Hendra virus (HeV) is a rare, zoonotic virus (a virus transmitted to humans from animals). It is spread by fruit bats and passed from sick horses to humans....
March 21, 2014
Hand washing
Washing your hands is one of the simplest, yet most effective, things you can do to protect your health and the health of others. Farmers come in contact with...
March 21, 2014