Health and safety

Health and safety

Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in New Zealand.  Health and Safety is one of the most important areas, if not the most important area for the deer farm as a work place.  

Health and Safety is a topic relevant to every farm, whether the worker is a self-employed farmer, an employee engaged by the landowner or tenant, a contractor engaged by the landowner or tenant.  The landowner or tenant also owes a duty of care to visitors to the farm.

 The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 requires that rural places of work should, as far as is practicable, be healthy and safe for everyone in them. To help you reduce the health and safety risks in the rural place of work, a system for assessing the risks has been developed. This is called Risk Assessment and can be used in all places of work. It has three major steps:

  1.  Identify the hazards
  2.  Analyse the risk
  3.  Control the hazard

This section outlines your obligations under the Health and Employment Act 1992, provides advice on managing a wide range of health and safety hazards in and around the farm and provides tools to assist with identifying and minimising effects of hazards.

Information on Staying safe: safe management of deer is available in a convenient DINZ Deer Fact sheet (September 2015). Print off your own copy here >>

Comprehensive information about workplace safety and obligations, including guides to workplace safety planning are free to download from  This site includes a specific guide to working with deer -  - This good practice guide will help farmers improve safety around farmed deer by providing practical guidance on their safe handling.

Identification of hazards on farm is key to assessing the likelihood of accidents or injuries occurring and being able to do something to reduce the risks.
Assessing the likelihood of hazards occurring
The third of the three-step process to minimising the effects of hazards on farm