Chemicals and fuels on farms

Many chemicals and fuels found on farms are capable of causing harm to people and animals. Careful management and handling of these materials is essential to keep yourself and others safe.

We have produced guidance for farmers and others that handle hazardous chemicals and fuels on farms.

Working safely with chemicals and fuels on farms

Provides guidance on the safe handling and management of chemicals and fuels on farms.  It includes advice about reading product labels and information on storing chemicals and fuels, hazard classifications, approved handling requirements and training.   

Working safely with chemicals and fuels on farms (PDF 4.3 MB)

The following guidance gives specific advice on the management and handling of fuel on farms.

Above ground fuel storage on farms

Provides guidance on fuel storage requirements, what to do in an emergency and location test certification. It also includes advice on fuel tank design and access requirements.

Above ground fuel storage on farms (PDF 4.3 MB)

Signs of a safe farm fuel tank

Provides a summary of the minimum requirements you must meet to store and handle your fuel safely on a farm.

Signs of a safe farm fuel tank  (PDF 87 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.