The sponsorship from CBH represents a significant injection of funds to Farmsafe WA who has historically relied on the support of members, as well as annual grant funds of $70,000 from the Department of Commerce.
Mike Norton, Chair of Farmsafe WA said "CBH’s sponsorship will ensure that Farmsafe WA will develop and provide vitally important safety solutions for the agriculture industry". Mr Norton added "CBH has a strong commitment to safety – this initiative will ensure that the packages are there for growers to pick up and run with".
The sponsorship from CBH will support grain growers and industry members to ensure that they have a trustworthy place to go, to access all of the relevant information that they need – which translates to being compliant in regards to legislation and to help growers to build a culture of safety, health and wellbeing.
CBH Chairman Wally Newman said "The co-operative is very keen to support initiatives which inform growers on the ramifications of non-compliance to safety and the impacts it can have on your business should the worst happen and you have not been seen to have put in place procedures to protect those working on your farm, whether employees or not".
Mr Newman said "It is imperative that growers are aware and put in place measures to minimise their legal liability by maximising safety protection and procedures for those working on farms" He added.
"No one wants anyone getting hurt maimed or killed and certainly don't want growers to incur what can be huge fines or worst losing your farm because you were not aware of your responsibilities in regards to safety" Mr Newman said.
Mike Norton, Chair of the Farmsafe WA Alliance added "We will continue to work hard and build new and strategic alliance partners to ensure that the Farmsafe WA Alliance remains relevant and continues to provide and gain support like this wonderful recognition from CBH and their Grower members. This partnership with CBH is a perfect example of having industry on board supporting us, so that we can provide the solutions that farmers need".
Mr Norton added "Western Australian farmers are global leaders in innovation and production. We can also be leaders in On Farm Safety".
FARMSAFE WA ALLIANCE VISION
The Farmsafe WA Alliance is committed supporting farmers in making their workplace a safe environment, through the reduction and prevention of accidents and deaths, leading to improved productivity and well-being.