Diseases on farms
Farm work can pose a number of risks, including the potential for those on farms to contract Zoonotic diseases.
Zoonotic diseases are passed from animals to humans, and include brucellosis and Q fever.
Consider these prevention measures:
- vaccinate workers and animals against transmissible diseases
- worm working dogs and household pets
- avoid direct contact with animal body fluids
- use machinery to clear manure and other waste products
- use crushes and other safety devices to limit physical contact with animals
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, masks, waterproof boots, overalls and glasses
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling animals and before eating.
Further information is available on Department of Primary Industries website.
- for farmers: National Farmers Federation (NFF)
- for commercial fish operations owners: Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA)
- for forest products growers and support: Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)
- for agriculture and fisheries workers: Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)
- for forestry workers: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).