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Cotton myBMP case study: on-farm safety culture at Emerald improved

Emerald growers Nigel and Beth Burnett completed their farm’s myBMP certification to meet and exceed industry best practice and access premium markets. The Burnetts have been farming at their ‘Colorada’ farm for 12 years and the family has been growing cotton since 1988. The myBMP program has placed a greater emphasis on workplace health and safety (WHS) and created operational efficiencies. The Burnetts also found that the audit and program was a process of continual improvement for their farm.

The Burnetts say that the myBMP program has helped improve on-farm safety culture.

“Staff meetings are held weekly each Monday and are facilitated by our farm manager Dean Thompson. Staff find value as it creates a work plan for the week with a focus on WHS. These meetings create an opportunity where staff can identify hazards… and also provide a time for staff to revise their safety plans and practice different drills for emergencies,” Nigel says.

“Record keeping templates supplied through the myBMP program has streamlined our record keeping. Again making these operations accessible and easy to use has ensured action from staff and ourselves.”

“We have created a positive WHS culture on farm that is embraced by all staff. We have witnessed their engagement with the weekly toolbox meetings and active identification of hazards/risks that may need attention. 

The program has assisted the Burnetts with farm hygiene practices at ‘Colorada’.

“Farm hygiene has been improved with the new integrated wash-down pad and chemical fill and storage area. All off-farm machinery is washed down before entry onto farm. The construction of this great facility ensures that these operations definitely occur due to ease of access and usability,” Nigel says.

The Burnetts also say that they found that myBMP is streamlined and easy to use and that the available resources and templates are extremely useful.

For more information about myBMP, visit: www.mybmp.com.au

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