What are the minimum operator requirements?
Workers must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by the person in charge of the workplace.
What equipment do you need?
- Wear cotton or wool clothing - no synthetic
- Means to communicate with 111 if required
What do you need to do to plan a burn?
- Check with Rural Fire authority to see if there is a Fire Ban in place or if a Burn Plan is required
- Check Emergency Response Plan and maintain on person during burn
- Maintain a minimum distance of 50 meters between fire and other combustible material, including power lines
- Ensure no strong winds are forecast
- Ensure any wind is blowing away from shelter belts, trees, fences, buildings or other combustible material
- Plan escape routes
- Have appropriate equipment available
What do you need to do during the burn?
- When burning multiple piles or windrows, start at the downwind end
- Monitor the fire. If it gets out of control call 111 and follow Emergency Management Plan
What should you do after the fire is out?
- Check burnt area to ensure it is cold
- Turn the pile and apply water if necessary to cool it down
What are the risks?
Uncontrolled fire, resulting in injury, death and/or property damage
Find out more
WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Managing health & safety: a guide for farmers - Rural Fire”