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Agsafe training underpins enviable safety record

Serve-Ag Pty Ltd, winner of this month’s Agsafe Achiever Award, counts Agsafe training and support as a major influence on their attitude toward safety throughout the company.

“The training provided to all of our staff through Agsafe really helps to ensure we all go home in one piece at the end of the day, “said Andrew Marshall, Distribution and Logistics Manager. In his role he takes care of the site’s Agsafe accreditation and ensures the safety of staff, clients and visitors when they come on site.

“We deal with hazardous substances and products that are awkward to handle,” Andrew said, “but the Agsafe accreditation and re-accreditation processes give the team the skills and knowledge to work safely.”

Serve-Ag has been servicing the Tasmanian agricultural industry for 38 years and its head office and distribution centre has been based in Devonport for 21 years.

Warehousing and distributing product to the six state-wide Serve-Ag branches, 15 spray contractors and a wide range of corporate and other clients, the team works hard not only to ensure that internal and external clients are happy but that all work is completed safely.

The Serve-Ag Distribution Centre and all of the Serve-Ag branches achieved the Agsafe Advanced Accreditation in 2013. “We are very proud of this achievement, but we all realise the need to maintain the standards of safety every day.  All Serve-Ag staff who handle product—agronomists, sales staff, client services and store teams—complete Agsafe personal accreditation and are encouraged to choose different modules during re-accreditation to continually expand their knowledge of safety in our industry,” Andrew Marshall said.

Agsafe’s Tasmanian Facilitator, David Eyles, concurs. “Serve-Ag embraces the Agsafe principals by completing all recommendations and training as a priority, and it is a credit to the staff the way they present their stores—immaculately clean, tidy and well organised.”