Experts in this field have focused their studies on animal control, specifically the handling of them in academic, agricultural, and entertainment contexts amongst others. WH&S relates to the management of risks to the health and safety of anyone visiting a business, including workers, customers, and suppliers. In this case, it relates primarily to ensuring animals do not harm people interacting with them. Working with animals can have potentially very detrimental consequences if WH&S standards are not observed.

Some of the consequences of poor WH&S with animals can be severe, including injury and illness, sometimes even death. Animals are unpredictable, and there are many considerations to make in their handling. Animals handling safety is governed by a set of protocols which ensures the safety of the worker and these must be observed to safeguard the employee, especially when it comes to especially dangerous animals. These guidelines ensure safe practices for the workers and animals and are essential.

WH&S expertise in this area is usually sought to promote the well-being of all visitors and workers who may be in the vicinity of an animal, and to ensure safe practices are being promoted and enforced, so that the animals will be safe and well-treated also. Protecting workers and visitors in this way both safeguards their personal health and the interests of the owner of the workplace, protecting them from legal action.

Experts in this area come from many professional backgrounds. Many will come from an animal background themselves, having worked in agriculture or animal handling. Some will be trained OH&S experts, or generalised ergonomists. They may also come from a medical background, from doctors specialising in injuries at work to vets. The specific specialisation and background needed in your animal control expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

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Experts in WH&S as it relates to animal control can be called upon to assist in policy design, enforcement and creation of safety measures, injuries sustained at work during animal handling, cases involving a trauma caused by an animal and many more.

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A sample of our experts in Work Health & Safety – Animal control

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