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Beyond the Bale : March 2013
40 ON-FARM March 2013 BEYOND THE BALE Shed safety signage kit FAST FACTS l AWI has sponsored the development and production of a new safety signage kit for woolsheds, which includes 36 safety signs. l To help retain shearers and woolhandlers in the industry, and attract others, woolgrowers need to ensure that their staff has professional shed conditions in which to work. l A range of other products are available from AWI to help support the productivity and safety of shearers and woolhandlers in Australia. Following requests from woolgrowers and contractors at shed safety assessment and training workshops, the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA), with support from AWI, has designed a shed safety signage kit. The kit includes a total of 36 signs (22 different signs), printed on UV-stabilised polypropylene for durability, with pre- drilled holes for easy installation. The kit also includes guidance notes to assist in the proper location and installation of these signs. AWI has sponsored the development and production of the kit and is making it available to woolgrowers at handling and postage cost only. The aim of these signs is to help improve and promote safety in woolsheds. If woolgrowers want to retain shearers and woolhandlers in the industry, and attract others, woolgrowers need to ensure that their staff have professional shed conditions in which to work. These signs meet Australian Standards and legislative requirements in all Australian states and will help woolgrowers meet occupational health and safety obligations. The kit costs $25 (including GST) and is available by calling the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 or, if you are based in WA, contact Vikki Gates of the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA) on 0427 552 225. Credit card payments are taken over the phone, or payment by cheque can be arranged. In WA, payment is made to WASIA by cheque or an electronic funds transfer only. OTHER SHED RESOURCES FROM AWI A range of other shearing and shed products are available from AWI. The signs included in the kit are: • Exit • Emergency Assembly Point • Emergency Contact and Evacuation Map • Authorised Entry Only – Visitors Report to Shed Supervisor / Children Must be Supervised • Barrier Required When Not Loading • Warning – Wool Press Operating • Mind Your Head • Watch Your Step • Caution Slippery When Wet • Keep Clear • First Aid • Fire Extinguisher • No Smoking • No Food or Drink in This Area • Do Not Drink • Substantial Footwear Required/ No Bare Feet • Eye and Hearing Protection Must be Worn in This Area • Male and Female Toilet(s) • Emergency Stop (for overhead driveshaft shearing plant) • Do Not Start (for use to “isolate” faulty equipment in the workplace, such as un-guarded grinders) • How to Avoid Workplace Injuries & Improve Team Efficiency POSTERS FOR THE WOOLSHED • Are you getting a cut? -- guide to grinding and sharpening combs and cutters. • The Five Pillars of Shearing -- shearing principles and positions. • The Four Pillars of Woolhandling -- woolhandling principles. Call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 to order your free posters. SHEARING SHED GUIDELINES Information on shearing shed design, dimensions, technology and key issues such as productivity and work health and safety. View or download AWI's guidelines at: www.wool.com/shedguidelines. SKILL DEVELOPMENT DVDS • Novice Shearing • Improver/Professional Shearing • Woolhandling and Shed Skills • Experting and Grinding • Wool Industry Workouts • Crutching Techniques Call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 to order your free DVDs. PICK OF THE DRAFT DVD Analyses of the shearing and clip preparation practices of five woolgrowers offer valuable insights into where money can be made and saved. Call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 to order your free DVD.