QRMC has been delivering services as a Livestock Saleyard Safety Consultant since 2003.
The wide range of Livestock Saleyard Safety projects we have successfully delivered can be reviewed on our Projects pages. Our clients (many of whom are repeat clients and referrals) include both public sector and private sector saleyard managers.
To deliver our Livestock Saleyard Safety services, QRMC works in compliance with the the standard AS/NZS 4801 Occupational health and safety management systems, the harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation or the relevant safety legislation for your jurisdiction as well as industry and codes of practice. We develop and deliver services tailored specifically to your organisation’s needs, not “off the shelf” products, so that you can be confident that the objectives of your Livestock Saleyard Safety project will be achieved.
The range of Livestock Saleyard Safety Consultancy services we deliver include:
Extensive work portfolio
Quality controlled services
Why assess your Saleyard’s safety management?
Livestock saleyards typically have a limited number of dedicated staff, with much ‘point-of-risk’ work undertaken by people not working directly for the saleyard owner, including agents, buyers, sellers, cooperatives, transporters and other contracting parties. Without appropriate infrastructure and safety management systems in place to manage and coordinate the activities of such contractors, the saleyard owner risks accidents and injuries potentially resulting in fines or prosecutions for safety breaches.
Saleyards, as a high-risk environment, are increasingly coming to the attention of government safety regulators and being more closely scrutinised as to the appropriate management of safety across all operations and for all parties accessing the saleyards.
A Livestock Saleyard Safety Audit, or a Livestock Saleyard Safety Risk Assessment can assist you to identify whether the safety management of the Saleyard is appropriate, compliant with regulatory requirements, or requiring work to keep the public, workers and contractors safe.
QRMC’s Saleyards safety experience
QRMC is widely experienced in delivering safety and risk management services to livestock saleyards across Australia. Completed works include safety audits, legislative compliance gap analyses, risk assessments, development of safety manuals and full workplace health and safety management systems, development of risk management plans, and delivery of saleyard staff safety training. Refer to our Projects pages for more details.
QRMC’s work with Local Government
Many Livestok Saleyards are owned by local government authorities. QRMC has wide experience in working with Local Government in a variety of areas and across several states. This experience and capability has been recognised by our appointment to the Local Buy Approved Suppliers Panel for the delivery of these services in Queensland.
In addition to our experience with Local Government in a range of services areas has enabled us to gain a thorough appreciation of the operating environment of Local Government, the interactions with the Elected Members etc. We have found that this knowledge enables us to readily identify potential risks and hazards, and to quickly grasp underlying concerns when staff raise issues during project-related consultation.
Livestock Saleyard Safety Audits
As experienced work health and safety consultants, QRMC has a number of trained, accredited and experienced safety auditors on staff. QRMC’s safety audits (of entire safety management systems or specific operations/processes) are intended to maximise the potential for improvement by incorporating formal gap analyses and recommendations. The findings in our audits are targeted for system improvement, recognising the related shortcomings or limitations that may exist within the safety management system, not simply undertaking an exercise in the identification of unaddressed hazards. While by no means overlooking operational hazards identified during an audit, QRMC’s safety auditors consider identified non-compliances and workplace hazards as the symptom of deficiencies within the framework or application of the safety management system. Therefore our audit reports provide our clients not only with the current compliance status against the audit criteria, but also with practical guidance on the strategic and operational improvements which can be made to the management of safety across the organisation. We also deliver gap analyses of existing systems or processes against legislative requirements, best practice or other benchmarks, and provide recommendations for improvement, for organisations wishing to prepare for third-party audits or check their compliance for other purposes.
Site safety audits or hazard identification inspections are undertaken along the same lines as safety management system audits; that is, not only identifying the safety risks or safety hazards, but also searching for the underlying causes and failures which have allowed these hazards to continue unaddressed.
Review or Development of Livestock Saleyard Safety Systems
QRMC is highly experienced in the development, review and implementation of Safety Management Systems. We have developed complete systems, reviewed and updated systems, and developed components (specific procedures and/or forms) for clients in the public and private sectors across several jurisdictions in Australia. Our safety documentation is always developed to be compliant with the relevant legislation and codes of practice for the client’s operations. It is also designed to be user-friendly, efficient, and to integrate with other systems and processes already in place within the organisation.
Livestock Saleyard Safety Risk Assessments
Safety risk assessments of other infrastructure, projects or specific operations are also conducted by QRMC, referencing the international standard ISO 31000 Risk Management and utilising QRMC’s safety risk assessment methodology which has been developed in compliance with ISO31000. Our safety risk assessments generally deliver site or project safety risk registers, identifying risks and hazards/causations, existing controls, risk ratings, responsibilities, and recommended new controls/risk treatments. When undertaking hazard identification as part of these safety risk assessment exercises, QRMC’s auditors will always seek to consult with affected personnel to ensure no issues are missed.
Livestock Saleyard Staff Safety Awareness and Training
QRMC undertakes the development and/or delivery of training for management and staff in relation to safety obligations and responsibilities. It is important for Officers and workers in all organisations to both understand their safety duties within the context of their role, and in states which have adopted the WHS model laws, to become familiar with ways in which the organisation’s safety management systems have changed due to the Work Health and Safety legislation. QRMC develops and delivers awareness sessions or training programs tailored to the target audience and the organisation’s needs and objectives.
Getting Up To Date
Since the development of model Work Health and Safety legislation by Safe Work Australia, QRMC has provided a range of clients with assistance relating to compliance with the harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation now introduced in several states and territories. In some areas, the new legislation differs substantially from the previous Acts, and imposes increased obligations on ‘persons conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBUs). QRMC can assist organisations to address the requirements of the harmonised legislation by providing any of the following range of services:
- Undertake a compliance review of the work your organisation has undertaken to date on updating your systems, to check that all new regulatory requirements have been met
- Undertake a gap analysis against the requirements of the new legislation, covering existing systems and/or contractual obligations which have not yet been reviewed
- Review and revise safety management system procedures and documentation to incorporate the new requirements
- Develop and/or deliver training for ‘Officers’ of the organisation to ensure they are informed of, and familiar with, their significantly enhanced duties and responsibilities under the revised safety management system
- Develop and/or deliver staff awareness sessions so that all workers are aware of their safety duties and responsibilities
- Assist in implementing the revised work health and safety management system, and provide training for staff to embed the changes
- Revise the corporate governance processes for Boards and executive management.