Loading ramps are the most dangerous area of livestock holding facilities. The level of unnecessary risk associated with crushing, lacerations and slips, trips and falls at some facilities is no longer acceptable.
Over recent years, there has been a dramatic change in expectations around workplace health and safety and animal welfare.
New legislation now requires that workplace safety risks be controlled as far as is reasonably practicable. Australian Animal Welfare Standards require livestock handling facilities be constructed, maintained and operated in a way that minimises risks to the welfare of livestock.
In July 2015, the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) published a national Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.
The purpose of the voluntary guide is to promote safer workplaces for people in contact with livestock loading facilities and to improve animal welfare outcomes. The Guide summarises the potential hazards of livestock loading ramps and forcing yards and practical examples of ways to control associated risks for different types of facilities.
General principles are identified as well as a series of model ramp designs, ranging from low-cost basic designs for farms to more advanced commercial designs.
The Guide was developed by the ALRTA in consultation with animal producers, transporters, feedlots, saleyards, exporters, equipment manufacturers, welfare groups and safety authorities.
The Guide will be revised every two years to ensure that it remains up-to-date with contemporary expectations and best practice.
How to Obtain a Copy
- Download an electronic copy Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards
- To request a hard copy email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information please contact the LBCA Secretariat on (02) 6230 6290.