Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
Like a farm, a saleyard is a workplace 55 Livestock When a producer delivers his own livestock to a saleyard, or a livestock transporter is u nloading or loading livestock, where people are involved with the movement of livestock, the weighing or the task of auctioning or the wash-down of the saleyard after sales, people are in a workplace. State laws require saleyard operators to maintain a safe working environ ment, to eliminate or at least minimise, the risk of injury or illness at work. For example, they demand standards in loading ramps a nd people's interaction with livestock. Saleyard operators have accepted their responsibilities in this regard with the development of two important industry programmes . . . the National Saleyards Quality Assurance (NSQA) program and more recently, the Saleyard Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Adopted by most saleyards across Victoria and South Australia, with the new Muchea livestock selling centre near Perth to come on line shortly, the OH&S system provides mutual recognition for all those who undertake the programme's induction, be they livestock carriers, agents, buyers, saleyard employees or even the media who clamber through sale pens to get that all important livestock-producer picture! The casual saleyard visitor, typically a producer attending a saleya rd to view the auction, even buy from the public walkway, is not required to be inducted. He can even deliver his stock to a saleyard no more than two times a year, and not be inducted. The NSQA program requires the Quality Manual for the operation of the saleyard to ensure a separation of livestock from the public at all times livestock are being handled. This is of particular importance at some saleyards which do not have separated pubic buyer walkways from the walkways used for the movement of cattle from pens to load-out. The Occupational Health and Safety Management System begins with a Policy Statement which is displayed for appropriate Third part Users -- the transports agents etc. - and the general public to view. The Roles and responsibilities section of the manual describes people's responsibilities and the way health and safety is managed at a particular saleyard. Other sections include information on procedures and safe work methods to guide people to maintain workplace health and safety. These sections provide the basis of information for the OH&S Accreditation Induction -- a 20 question, multiple choice answer "test" with a 75% pass rate needed to acquire Accreditation. Saleyard Managers run regular sessions at saleyards for those needing to attain Accreditation. Already more than 3,500 Third Part Users have acquired accreditations since the programme was launched 18 months ago. Pakenham (03) 5940 2121 Exchange Drive South Gippsland Hwy Saleyard Rd Leongatha (03) 5664 2395 Livestock Exchange The people who care for your livestock when you're not there! Sale (03) 5144 4355 CASTERTON SALEYARDS PREMIER WEANER SALES IN JANUARY CATTLE & SHEEP SALES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR PREMIUM QUALITY STOCK IN AN HISTORIC SETTING Canteen, Truck Wash, Pen Selling, Scales, Soft Flooring, Dirt Yard Section, Stock Ring Available Contact Agents for Sale Dates & Information: Elders (03) 55811922 Landmark (03) 55811594 Contact Glenelg Shire Council, Casterton Customer Service Centre (03) 55542444 or visit the website: www.glenelg.vic.gov.au Ararat Ballarat Edenhope Horsham Melbourne Mortlake Nhill Yarram 5352 4322 5335 8772 0428 699 430 5382 6514 9314 1200 5599 2210 5391 3218 5182 5833 M & M WOOLS (AUST) PTY LTD WOOL BUYERS & BROKERS MM W PH: 5821 4462 or 0418 577 271 www.greatershepparton.com.au/saleyards Cnr New Dookie Road and Wheeler Street, Shepparton Fully roofed selling areas & soft standing for cows State of the art cattle loading / unloading ramps 5 sheep loading / unloading ramps to 4 decks NSQA accredited, truck wash & café Avdata controlled shower facilities "If you want the best sale results why sell anywhere else."
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