Central West Livestock Exchange Induction

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The Forbes Shire Council is committed to providing the safe and efficient operation of the Central West Livestock Exchange (also referred to as CWLE or saleyards).

Information, instructions and training is provided to Council employees, third party users and visitors, to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake tasks in a manner which is safe for themselves and others at the Centre.
The Central West Livestock Exchange is located on Back Yamma Rd, off the Newell Highway to the North of Forbes.
The Central West Livestock Exchange is committed to the provision of the highest possible standard of Work Health and Safety (WHS) to ensure employees, third party users or visitors, so far as is reasonably practicable, are safe from risks.

Our policy focuses on working together with employees, third party users and visitors to ensure they are working in a safe environment.  To assist us in providing this standard it is expected that you follow the Work Health and Safety policies, procedures and safe work instructions of the Central West Livestock Exchange.
The following definitions specifically apply to the CWLE workplace:

Employees: Include all persons performing work under the direction of, or on behalf of Council.

Third Party Users: Includes the following:

  • Agents and their employees
  • Employees of the Associated Agents
  • Persons unloading or loading cattle without an Agent Present
  • Persons using the truck wash
  • Contractors and their employees
  • Consultants and their employees
  • Canteen operators and their employees
  • Veterinarians working on site

Visitors: Anyone that attends the site and does not carry out work activities and is escorted around the site by a Council employee or Agent.

Employees and Third Party Users Responsibilities

While at work, a worker must:
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety
  • Take reasonable care that any acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons
  • Comply with an reasonable instruction, as far as reasonably able, given by Council to comply with their legal obligations
  • Cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of Council in relation to health and safety in the workplace
  • Participate in the consultation process on all matters in relation to WHS
  • Report hazards, incidents and near misses as soon as reasonably practiceable using Council’s reporting procedure
  • Take all reasonable precaution to protect other workers or visitors from risks to their WHS which may occur as a result of any work activity that may endanger them
Safe Systems of Work should be in place for all work undertaken at the Central West Livestock Exchange.

All high risk work requires a documented Safe System of Work. An example would be a Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) or a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS).

Council’s SWMS are located:
  • In the Saleyards Supervisor’s Office

Transport operators, including producers that transport their own cattle, sheep,pigs and Truck Wash users will be required to provide Council with relevant documented Safe Systems of Works for all such work undertaken.

Normal operating hours are:

Mondays to Fridays: 7:00 Am to 4:00 PM
Monday:  Cattle Sale
Tuesday: Sheep Sale
Every 2nd Friday: Pig Sale
Every 4th Friday: Store Sale (As Advertised)

Entry is restricted to the Centre outside of normal operating hours unless delivering stock.
The Truck Wash is open 24 hours 7 days a week with Avdata key access.
Signage is placed around the Centre providing information for your safety and the conditions of use.

It is your responsibility to observe all signs and to act in accordance with any directions given on site. 

Amenities are provided for your use including toilets, showers, canteen and truck wash.  Please keep them clean and respect them.

Report any issues to the Saleyards Supervisor.
All dogs within the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange must be muzzled.  A person who fails to comply with the terms of this Notice is guilty of an offence under Section 632 of the Local Government Act 1993.
All persons undertaking work at the Central West Livestock Exchange are expected to attend work in a ‘fit for work’ state. Accordingly, a person adversely affected by alcohol or any other drug is not permitted on site.

In addition, persons must not, have any alcohol or other drug\ that may pose a risk to health and safety in his or her possession or consume any alcohol or other drug that may pose a risk to health and safety whilst at the workplace.

Any person found in breach of the above will be removed from the premises and appropriate action taken.
SMOKING IS PROHIBITED at all times on Council property except in designated smoking areas.

The designated smoking area for the Central West Livestock Exchange is located near the toilet block.
The Central West Livestock Exchange is a workplace and has a range of potential hazards, some life threatening, which is why it is preferable that children under the age of 16 are not brought to the facility.

However, it is recognised that, on occasions, it is unavoidable, in which case:

  • A child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
  • This includes Amenities and Canteen
  • Accompanied means in range of touch
Note: Failure to comply with this requirement is a breach of a condition of entry to the Central West Livestock Exchange.

When in the yards and working areas you are required to be dressed in suitable clothing that does not pose a safety risk:
  • Work boots with non slip soles
  • Long leg trousers, work overalls or knee length work shorts

Areas on site requiring specific PPE will be sign posted.

You must not enter these areas without the appropriate PPE.
For all workers, when outside:
  • You must wear a wide brim hat
  • You must wear sunscreen, which is available at the Supervisor’s Office

For all workers, when in offices:
  • You must wear covered shoes
  • You must wear appropriate office attire
At the Central West Livestock Exchange you may be exposed to blood or bodily fluids including faeces.

This increases your risk of contracting zoonotic diseases such as Q Fever.

It is recommended that all workers at the Central West Livestock Exchange are immunised against Q Fever or use a dust mask.
Emergency information will be displayed on the Central West Livestock Exchange notice board and other locations throughout the Central West Livestock Exchange.

It is important that everyone is aware that the designated emergency assembly point is located in the car park.
In the event of an emergency:
  • A call to 000 will take place
  • Follow the directions of the Council employee
  • Remain at the assembly point until you are advised you can go
  • Wait for further instructions

Should you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Saleyards Supervisor.

It is also important that everyone is aware of where the emergency equipment is located.
Fire extinguisher are located:
  • In the Saleyards Supervisor’s office
  • In the Canteen
  • In the Cattle Yards
  • In the Council work shed

First aid equipment is available for use by employees, third party users and visitors at the following locations on site:
  • Saleyard Supervisor’s Office
  • Loading Ramp

All regular Central West Livestock Exchange employees are trained in First Aid.

Needle disposal containers are available in the:
  • Saleyards Supervisor’s office
  • Amenities
Council’s WHS Incident Report Form is to be completed by anyone involved in an incident, injury, illness, damage or near miss and Council’s WHS Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure should be following.

In the event of an incident, injury, illness, damage or near miss you must:
  • Take appropriate, immediate action to minimise the risk of further injury or damage
  • Seek medical treatment or Call 000 if required
  • Notify the Saleyards Supervisor as soon as possible
  • Complete an incident report
  • Co-operate in any investigation

Reporting of WHS incidents and near misses is essential for Council to comply with insurance and legislative obligations.  It also assists in the identification of hazards in the workplace.  It is important to capture these instances to ensure corrective actions can be implemented to prevent a reoccurrence.

The best way to minimise injuries is to identify and report hazards and safety issues to the Saleyards Supervisor as soon as possible.

The Saleyards Supervisor performs daily and weekly inspections to ensure, where possible, that hazards and safety issues are identified and appropriately controlled and that the Centre is in good working order.  WHS Audits are also completed by the WHS Manager.





From time to time you may notice a hazard or a safety issue. These should be reported to the Saleyards Supervisor.

You will need to complete the appropriate form so the hazard or safety issue can be investigated and appropriate action taken.


It is important to remember that livestock are unpredictable and if not handled and managed appropriately can put you and others in danger of being seriously injured or potentially killed.

The Central West Livestock Exchange promotes the use of low stress handling techniques to ensure livestock remain calm at all times and to minimise any bruising or injury.
When working with livestock remember:
  • They do not like to enter dark or enclosed areas and may be reluctant to enter lower decks of trucks
  • Be aware and alert at all times
  • Inspect the area to ensure it is free from obstacles, in working order and when pens are available before unloading
  • Make sure there is not a gap between the ramp and truck
  • Load and unload slowly, keep animals calm
  • Make sure animals have a clear escape route and can move calmly in that direction
  • Do not make sudden movements and be patient
  • Always have an escape route
  • Wherever possible stay out of the pen
  • Keep a safe distance from cattle

Only those people that have been inducted to the site are permitted to work with cattle in the yards.

If you are aware that persons are in the yards that have not been inducted, you have an obligation to ask them to leave the yards.
The Agents are responsible for handling of cattle including:
  • Drafting and penning
  • Mouthing
  • Weighing cattle
  • Cattle movements and management during the sale
  • Post sale sorting and management

The Agents are to ensure that only inducted persons are inside the yard area and animal welfare is maintained.

The procedures for cattle handling include:
  • Eliminating potential hazards through physical separation of people and cattle or risk control measures where physical separation is not possible
  • Securing gates
  • Animal welfare

Refer to SafeWork Australia’s 
The Central West Livestock Exchange promotes the use of low stress handling techniques to ensure livestock remain calm at all times and to minimise any bruising or injury.
  The Central West Livestock Exchange will not tolerate animal cruelty including excessive use of cattle prodders. The preferred prodder is the cattle flapper.

If it is found that persons are using prodders excessively, with excessive force or any other form of animal cruelty they may be removed from the facility.

At times livestock may need to be euthanised.  Council has procedures in place to ensure livestock are euthanised using humane methods and techniques.

The following methods may be used:

  • Bolt action gun
  • Firearm

Council holds a firearms licence and only those on the approved list are allowed to euthanise livestock at the Saleyards.

Report any injured or deceased livestock to the Saleyards Supervisor immediately.
The Central West Livestock Exchange has constant traffic movement putting people at risk.

All persons should be aware of potential traffic hazards and:

  • Pay attention to and obey traffic signage
  • Ensure trucks park beyond the boom gate next to the Truck Wash
  • Pay close attention to vehicles moving in the loading/unloading area
  • Watch for pedestrians
  • Do not park on grass areas

The transport operator is to ensure safe systems of work are in place and that their employees are trained and have the knowledge and skills in animal husbandry to unload the livestock.  As part of our WHS obligation, Council will consult with the transport companies to ensure potential hazards or safety issues can be eliminated or controlled.
Before commencing to load/unload, it is a condition of use that the transport operator undertake a visual inspection to ensure all ramps and equipment are safe to use.

Only upon completion of the visual inspection and confirmation that all equipment is in working order will unloading commence.

DO NOT use faulty equipment.

Report any Work Health Safety issues to the Saleyards Supervisor.
  • It is the responsibility of the Transport Operator to unload the livestock from the truck and down the ramp
  • Separation should be maintained between the person unloading and the livestock
  • If separation is not possible ensure there is an easy escape route
  • Extreme caution should be exercised at all times
  • When unloading is completed all equipment must be left in good working order
  • All gates are to be secured

The Truck Wash facility is provided as a service to the transport industry and all users of the Truck Wash are required to follow the conditions of use.

Note: Failure to comply with the conditions of use listed may result in further action being taken including the truck wash being turned off and your induction card being deactivated.
The Truck Wash is ONLY to be used for the cleaning of


  • NO passenger vehicles; including four wheel drives, tankers or street sweepers are permitted to use this facility
  • All persons using the Truck Wash MUST be inducted to the site and be able to produce their Council Induction Card when requested
  • Climbing the sides of crates and being on top of trucks is prohibited except when using a documented and approved safe system of work for managing the risk of falls

Where there is no documented and approved safe system of work in place for managing the risk of falls, the crate must be washed out from inside the crate or from the ground.
  • Truck wash is the only chemical permitted to be used. Degreaser and other chemicals are not permitted
  • All users are to wash down the concrete after each use to ensure the areas is left clean and hygienic
  • All animals are to be removed from the truck prior to the crate being washed out
  • All incidents and hazards are to be reported to the Saleyards Supervisor

Work above two (2) metres in height is prohibited without a documented and approved safe system of work for managing the risk of falls.

The following applies to ALL working at heights tasks:
  • Work must be in accordance with your documented and approved safe system of work
  • You must have authorisation from the Manager or Supervisor before work commences
  • Fall protection MUST be in place before work commences
  • Equipment must be compliant and in good working order
  • Where a fall arrest system is implemented you must have at least one other person on site who is aware of the emergency rescue plan
  • Climbing the sides of crates and being on top of trucks is prohibited except when using a documented and approved safe system of work for managing the risk of falls


Manual handling is a major activity of all workplaces.  Most tasks have some degree of manual handling and if not managed correctly can, and do, lead to injury.

If the task involves any of the following characteristics it can be identified as hazardous:
  • Repetitive or sustained force
  • High or sudden force
  • Repetitive movement
  • Sustained and/or awkward posture
  • Exposure to vibration

Unnecessary risks when moving large, bulky or awkward items should be avoided on site. Consideration to an alternative method other than manual handling should always be considered, including mechanical aids where available.
When undertaking manual handling of any task, the following must be considered:
  • Check weight and dimension of object (not by lifting it, kick it and look for signs)
  • Always use team lifting or mechanical aids for large, awkward or bulky items
  • Ensure that your path is free from obstruction
  • Stand as close as possible to the load
  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight
  • Remember, if in doubt DON’T LIFT!
Employees are required to follow Council procedures for using, handling, generating and storing hazardous substances and materials.

Third party users and visitors should not use, handle, store or bring to site any hazardous substances and materials, without prior approval from Council.

Any person involved in using hazardous substances or materials must have familiarised themselves with the relevant Safety Data Sheet(s) and use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Any spills of hazardous substances and materials should be reported to the Saleyards Supervisor immediately.

Safety Data Sheets are located with the emergency manual in the Saleyards Supervisor’s office.
Electrical accidents can result in serious injuries and death. You should not attempt, under any circumstances to undertake any electrical repairs. These activities should only be conducted by a qualified electrician.

When using electrical items, consider the following precautions:
  • Ensure all electrical equipment is inspected by an approved person and suitably tagged
  • Do not use electrical equipment or leads where there are signs of damage such as a frayed cord or use of insulation tape
  • Report faulty, broken or poorly maintained electrical equipment
  • Only use electrical equipment for the purpose it was designed
  • Use electrical equipment in a safe and responsible manner
  • Conduct pre-use visual checks of electrical equipment to ensure tags are in place and that equipment is safe to use
  • Only operate equipment for which you have been trained
  • Conduct ‘before first used’ tests on in-built test facility of portable RCDs

Note: Report immediately any fault with equipment being used to the Saleyards Supervisor.
Council uses an isolation procedure to ensure plant and equipment that need repair or are being repaired are not used.

These tags should never be removed or tampered with.

All isolation tags and locks must be adhered to, and plant and equipment that is isolated must never be used.

Harassment can be defined as conduct or behaviour which is unwelcome, unwarranted and unsolicited and causes a hostile working environment.  Harassment occurs when someone is made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of their (or their friend, partner, associate’s etc.) race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual preference or some other characteristic specified under anti-discrimination or human rights legislation.
Sexual harassment is a form of harassment which includes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favours or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.
Bullying occurs where an individual or group of individuals repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards a worker or a group of workers, while at work, and that behaviour creates a risk to health and safety.
Discrimination can be intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect and occurs when people are excluded from benefit or opportunity because of:
  • A characteristic which is irrelevant to the job, such as sex, age, race, disability, sexual preference, transgender, marital status or carers responsibilities is used as a barrier
  • A stereotypical assumption is made about a person associated with these characteristics
Harassment, bullying and discrimination will not be tolerated at the Central West Livestock Exchange.  Suspected harassment, bullying or discrimination should be reported to the Saleyards Supervisor or the Manager immediately to allow these matters to be investigated.
Entry into a confined space at the Central West Livestock Exchange in NOT permitted.

Confined spaces at the Central West Livestock Exchange include:
  • The effluent ponds
  • The effluent ponds well
  • The drainage pit near the loading ramps
  • The effluent sump at the truck wash
  • The effluent sump in the ponds area


If the entry is required, to undertake work, only competently trained and approved persons may enter the confined space and only after completing a risk assessment taking into consideration:
  • The need to enter the confined space
  • The scope of works required
  • The nature of the confined space
Some areas of the Centre may contain asbestos which can pose a risk to a person’s health and safety.

Council has specific procedures to follow when dealing with asbestos, all employees will follow these procedures.

Any areas of known asbestos will be clearly sign posted and appropriate risk control measures put in place to ensure the health and safety of third party users and visitors.

If you find these areas to be damaged move away from the area and report to the Saleyard’s Supervisor immediately.

Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy, it is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively.

Fatigue can be cause by:

  • Prolonged or intense mental or physical activity
  • Sleep loss or disruption of your internal body clock
  • Long shifts
  • Short recovery times between shifts
  • Strenuous jobs
  • Long commuting times
  • Poor sleep
  • Family demands

Fatigue may increase the risk of incidents because of a lack of alertness and slower reaction times.  It can also affect the ability to make good decisions.
Employees and Third Party Users should ensure that they manage fatigue effectively to ensure that they do not pose a risk to their own or others health and safety.

This can be done by:
  • Using and taking appropriate time off work to recuperate in order to be fit for work
  • Avoiding behaviours and practices that contribute to fatigue and which could place themselves and others at risk
  • Recognising the signs of fatigue that could place themselves or others at risk in the workplace, and taking appropriate action
  • Safety is EVERYONE’S responsibility
  • As a user of the Central West Livestock Exchange you need to do your bit to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone else
  • It is in EVERYONE’S interest to think and work safely
  • You can help and your ideas are valuable

You have now completed the CWLE Induction. In order to assess your understanding of this induction you are required to answer the following questions.
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