Red meat industry boosting workplace safety 18 Sep 2014

Improving the health and safety of red meat producers and processors at work has been given a boost, with the  Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) joining the Primary Industries Workplace Health & Safety Partnership.

The Partnership manages research into improving workplace safety and already includes the Cotton, Grains, Fisheries and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations.

AMPC’s Program Manager for Implementation, Extension & Education, Justin Roach, said being part of the Partnership would allow the meat processing sector to build on the extensive work that has already been undertaken in workplace health and safety.

“Workplace health and safety is important for the meat processing industry and we’re hoping to build on the initiatives already undertaken by the sector and also learn from the experience of the primary industries in the Partnership,” Mr Roach said.

“AMPC believes the collaboration will help to create safer work environments and help to disseminate innovative approaches to WHS to AMPC’s members.”

MLA’s R&D Communication and Adoption Manager, Jane Weatherley, said the industry would gain a lot of value from being a member of the Partnership.

“Livestock production requires a lot of very physical activity  and involves some inherently hazardous tasks. MLA is very pleased to be supporting the research effort to improve workplace safety outcomes for our levy payers.

“Our producers want to look after their families and employees, and the research produced by the Partnership will help us provide them with the support to do this better,” she said.

The Partnership has been operating for more than 17 years, producing a significant body of knowledge regarding the physical, mental and workplace health and safety of the primary industries.

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