Safe working with ground-spread fertiliser

When working with fertiliser, you can be exposed to a number of potentially serious hazards. Farmers, contractors and workers need to be aware of the risks when using fertilisers and know how to use them safely.

Fertiliser can be dangerous to work with, especially in adverse weather or if it isn’t stored properly. With the Groundspread Fertiliser Association we have produced guidance for farmers, contractors and workers on how to safely use fertiliser on the farm.

Safety manual for the groundspread industry

This safety manual covers general health and safety, job planning, storage and maintenance, pre-start checklist, dealing with hazards and emergency planning.

Safety manual for the groundspread industry  (PDF 1.5 MB)

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.