All visitors must read and understand the information below before visiting UWA Farm Ridgefield.
As a visitor to the farm you:
- Are not approved to undertake any work while on the farm
- Are not approved to stay overnight on the farm
- Must be supervised at all times during your visit to the farm
The UWA Institute of Agriculture (IOA) is responsible for the management of UWA Farm Ridgefield. Visitors and users accessing the farm are the responsibility of their school/group/organisation. As such, the IOA expects that prior to accessing the farm, the relevant checks have been completed by your supervisor or organisation to ensure you have sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision while on site. These checks may include, but are not limited to:
- Completing Field Work Assessments and applications
- Undertaking relevant First Aid qualifications
- Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and First Aid equipment
- Scheduled calls in for remote work.
Limited assistance is available on site and you are expected to arrive fully prepared for the activity you are there to undertake. If you are unsure of these requirements, please check with your supervisors or organisation before departing.
If you are working, staying or won't be supervised while on the farm you must complete the Ridgefield User Induction.
Before your visit: You or your supervisor must contact the Farm Manager, Richard McKenna, to gain approval for the visit.
Please note that due to unforseen weather conditions your visit may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the Farm Manager.
Report in with the Farm Manager
- When you arrive at the Old Farmhouse carport, you or your supervisor must text message the Farm Manager (0429 010 826) to inform him of your arrival. As a minimum, the text message must include: your name, organisation, where on the farm you will be visiting, how long you will be at the farm and how many people are in your group.
- Please note, mobile service is intermittent at Ridgefield. If you do not have service, move to another area to be in range or use the two-way radio (located in the Old Farmhouse kitchen, mounted on the wall near the fridge) to contact the Farm Manager on Channel 19 to provide him with this information.
- On departure, you must send the Farm Manager another text message to inform him your group is leaving UWA Farm Ridgefield.
Read the following Farm rules for visitors
- All visitors must enter the farm via Page Road
- Petrol vehicles must remain on the compacted dirt and gravel roads around the farm. Only diesel vehicles can enter paddocks, experimental areas and laneways. It is therefore advisable to bring a diesel vehicle, if possible
- Fire-ban and vehicle movement bans are put in place by the local shire or FESA on days where fire danger is high to extreme. It is your responsibility to either call the fire ban hotline on (08) 9887 1265 or register your mobile for the free service provided by the Shire of Pingelly (08 9887 1066) to register for this service. Remember, Ridgefield has intermittent mobile phone coverage with some carriers so the text message service may not be ideal. If you are in a paddock and unsure if a fire ban exists contact the Farm Manager (0429 010 826 or Channel 19)
- Leave all gates how you find them - if it was open leave it open, if it was closed, close it again!
- Speed limit: On Page Road the speed limit is 60 km/h. Please ensure you do not speed, complaints have been made from neighbours that visitors are not adhering to speed limits. The speed limit throughout the farm is 30 km/h at all times!
- Do not interfere with projects
- Report any incidents, injuries, hazards and any other concerns to the Farm Manager, e.g. sheep water trough dry, sheep lying down and won't get up.
Take note of potential hazards during your visit
An emergency app has been developed by Australia's emergency services. The app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a triple zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services.
During your visit to UWA Farm Ridgefield you may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and these can have an adverse impact on your health and wellbeing:
When outdoors it is important to remember:
- Wear loose fitting clothing that allows for air circulation
- Wear a hat, sunscreen, glasses and long-sleeved shirt when outside
- Ensure you take regular and adequate breaks when visiting in extreme heat conditions
- Ensure you keep your fluid levels up by drinking lots of water. Make sure you carry enough water for the time you need to be on Ridgefield
- Stand under shade or shade cloth where possible
- Ensure you know what to do if you or someone working in the area suffers from heat stress or heat stroke
There are a number of chemicals in use at Ridgefield Farm. DO NOT under any circumstances interfere with any of these chemicals.
Australia has a number of species of snakes and these can be found around farms. They can be found in fields and areas of long scrub, and they may come around farm houses looking for water or mice.
When dealing with snakes it is important to remember:
- Never attempt to catch or kill a snake
- If you see one located inside the accommodation building immediately report this to your supervisor, close the door to the room and call the Farm Manager (0429 010 826)
- Do not leave any of the external doors to the accommodation open and do not leave out any food that may attract mice
- If you see a snake, quickly and safely walk away from the area
- Always wear long pants and enclosed shoes when outdoors, especially in long scrub/grass/fields
- Carry a snake bite first aid kit.
If a snake bite occurs you should:
- Immediately call 000 for help. If you are out of mobile range use the Two-way Radio to contact the Farm Manager (Channel 19) and get them to contact emergency services
- Bandage the area of the bite firmly (if you do not have a kit handy tear up a shirt or other material)
- Put a splint on the limb and immobilise it so it's moved as little as possible
- Seek medical help immediately
Equipment, tools and machinery
UWA Farm Ridgefield has a number of large pieces of farm machinery and portable power tools on site. You are not permitted to use any of these. Large machinery is constantly used around the farm, be aware of your surrounds and remain alert. You are responsible for your own safety!
For a small fire in or around the Farm House, a number of fire extinguishers are available for use. They will only provide 60 seconds worth of water/foam and are only suitable for small fires or to get out of a burning building.
If a large fire occurs, alert other staff working in the vicinity by yelling fire, fire, fire. Evacuate yourself and others using the nearest safe exit point as far away from the fire as possible. Call 000 to report the fire and call the Farm Manager (0429 010 826 or two-way Channel 19). The number one priority is the safety of you and others, everything else can be replaced.
In addition to this Visitor Induction, your supervisor will provide you with additional safety information upon arrival at the farm.
You must submit this form to register that you have read and understood the Visitor Induction. This Visitor Induction must be completed every 12 months.