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Animal Handling Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing the Animal Handling Safe Work Method Statement, a comprehensive and user-friendly tool for ensuring the well-being of all workers engaged in animal handling assignments. Our SWMS is filled with characteristics that make it an ideal option for significant contracts and bids, including tier 1 contractual work. Let’s investigate what distinguishes this product:

Thorough and Pre-filled: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the relevant particulars necessary to ensure the safe and effective execution of your animal handling project. It includes all the vital information required to get your project started swiftly.

Fully Customisable and Editable: Our SWMS is supplied in a Microsoft Word format, allowing it to be fully customised and edited to suit the specific requirements of your project. This enables you to quickly and easily adjust the SWMS to meet your unique needs.

Project Scope and Details: Our SWMS incorporates a project scope and details, guaranteeing that all aspects of your animal handling project have been examined.

High-Risk Machinery Checklist: Our SWMS contains a checklist of any high-risk machinery that will be present on-site during the project, making certain that all hazards are identified and managed.

Staff Training Record: Our SWMS includes a section for recording staff training completed, assisting in ensuring that all workers are adequately trained and capable of working safely.

Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes pre and post risk ratings, allowing you to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of your safety measures throughout the project.

Legal References: Our SWMS features resources for the use of legal references, ensuring that all safety requirements are fulfilled and adhered to.

PPE Requirements: Our SWMS lists all PPE necessary for the project, ensuring that all workers are adequately protected.

Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, enabling you to recognise and manage all possible hazards related to the project.

Implementation Checklist: Our SWMS features a checklist to guarantee that all requirements have been addressed when implementing the SWMS, assisting in ensuring that all necessary measures have been taken to manage risk.

Sign-off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible parties, ensuring that everyone involved in the project understands the safety requirements and has agreed to adhere to them.

Instant Download Delivery: Our SWMS is immediately available for download, allowing you to begin your animal handling project right away.

User-Friendly and Adaptable: Our SWMS is intended to be user-friendly and adaptable, making it the perfect tool for ensuring the safety of all workers involved in animal handling projects.

In summary, the Safe Work Method Statement for Animal Handling is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool that is completely customisable and editable to fit the specific demands of your project. It has all the necessary features to ensure the safety of all workers engaged in animal handling projects, making it an ideal solution for significant contracts and bids. Download it now and ensure the safety of your team!

Here is some safety information related to animal handling.

Hazard Identification:

  • Physical injury from animal bites, kicks, scratches, and other related incidents
  • Diseases and infections transmitted from animals to humans
  • Musculoskeletal disorders from manual handling of animals
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards from uneven or slippery surfaces in animal handling areas
  • Psychological stress from working with animals

Risk Assessment:

  • Assess the risks associated with handling each type of animal and their behaviour.
  • Identify any hazards in the animal handling area, such as uneven or slippery surfaces, and take steps to eliminate or control them.
  • Assess the level of training and experience of employees and contractors who work with animals.

Control Measures:

  • Provide training to employees and contractors on animal handling techniques, including safe restraint, handling, and transportation of animals.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, eye protection, and face shields when handling animals to prevent bites, scratches, and other injuries.
  • Use appropriate lifting and handling techniques when moving animals to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect animal handling areas and equipment to prevent the spread of diseases and infections.
  • Implement a system to monitor and identify animals with signs of distress or illness and separate them from other animals.
  • Provide regular breaks and support to employees and contractors who work with animals to manage psychological stress.

Emergency Procedures:

  • Develop emergency procedures for animal-related incidents, such as bites or escapes.
  • Ensure that first aid kits are readily available in animal handling areas.
  • Provide employees and contractors with information on what to do in case of an emergency involving an animal.


  • Review the Animal Handling procedures on a regular basis, and update as necessary.
  • Ensure that all employees and contractors who work with animals are aware of the procedures and ensure they are being followed.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, my friends! Today, I want to talk about something that is very important when it comes to animal handling, and that is safety. Now, I know some of you might think that animal handling is just a walk in the park, but let me tell you, it’s not. It can be dangerous if you’re not careful, and it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

First and foremost, before you even begin handling animals, you need to be properly trained. This means that you need to know the behavior of the animals you’ll be handling, how to approach them, and how to read their body language. Knowing these things will help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Secondly, always wear the appropriate protective gear. This can include things like gloves, boots, and a helmet. You want to make sure that you’re protected in case an animal decides to kick, scratch, or bite you. This is especially important when dealing with larger animals like horses or cows.

Thirdly, when handling animals, always be aware of your surroundings. You want to make sure that you have a clear path to safety in case something goes wrong. For example, if you’re handling an animal in a pen or corral, make sure that there’s a gate nearby that you can quickly escape through if necessary.

Fourthly, don’t turn your back on an animal. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people make this mistake. If an animal is agitated or nervous, it may decide to attack, and if you’re not paying attention, you could end up seriously hurt.

Fifthly, always handle animals in a calm and gentle manner. If an animal senses that you’re nervous or scared, it’s more likely to become agitated and potentially dangerous. By remaining calm and assertive, you can help keep the animal relaxed and less likely to lash out.

Sixthly, be mindful of the animal’s comfort level. If an animal is uncomfortable or in pain, it may become defensive and try to protect itself. This is especially true when handling animals that are injured or sick. Make sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions to keep the animal as comfortable as possible during the handling process.

Seventhly, never handle an animal alone if you can help it. Having a partner or team can help make the handling process safer and more efficient. Plus, if something goes wrong, you’ll have someone there to help you.

Lastly, always be prepared for the unexpected. Even if you’re following all the necessary precautions, accidents can still happen. Make sure that you have a plan in place for how to handle emergency situations. This can include things like having a first aid kit nearby, knowing how to call for help, and having a backup plan in case something goes wrong.

In conclusion, animal handling can be a rewarding experience, but it’s important to always put safety first. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and the animals you’re handling stay safe and healthy. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!


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