Farm Safety Day 2016
IFA National Farm Safety Day 2016 takes place on Thursday, July 21st.
The aim of IFA’s National Farm Safety Awareness Day is to encourage farm families to take the time to review their Farm Safety Risk Assessment document and the make farm safety their top priority.
A Farm Safety Planner will be distributed in the Farmers Journal out on Thursday July 21st.
Through our SAVE LIVES, Think Safety, Farm Safely campaign, the IFA encourages all farmers and their families to maintain the highest safety standards on farms to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths.
Farming remains a labour-intensive and sometimes dangerous occupation. Each year farm fatalities reach double figures and more than 1,000 injuries occur on farms. We work with other agencies and organisations to increase farmers’ awareness of best practice in farm safety and to strengthen their commitment to health and safety by proactively addressing unsafe practices on the farm.
Protecting yourself and your family
The best way to protect you, your family and anyone working or visiting the farm is to know where hazzards occur and to eliminate or reduce the risks by implementing appropriate control measures.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that all farmers with more than 3 employees must complete a Safety Statement. Farmers with 3 employees or less can comply with the requirement by adhering to the Farm Safety Code of Practice, completing the Farm Safety Risk Assessment and implementing the appropriate control measures.
IFA Farm Safety leaflet – practical tips to improve farm safety
- HSA Risk Assessment document
- Online Risk Assessment
- HSA Guidelines for Safety Statement
- HSA SSWP Safe System Work Plan
- HSA Code of Practice – Agriculture
- HSA Guide on the Safe use of Tractors and Machinery on Farms
- HSA Code of Practice – Forestry
- HSA Code of Practice – Children & Young Persons in Agriculture
- HSA ATV Safety
- HSA Tractor Safety and You
- HSA Guidance on Safe Handling of Cattle on Farms
- HSA Working safely with bales
- HSA Staying Safe on the farm with Jessy
Resources for schools
‘Once upon a farm...’ – This educational and engaging farm safety film is aimed directly at primary level students, from both rural and urban areas. Supported by FBD, IFA and ESB Networks, this seven-minute drama has now been sent to the 3,300 primary schools across Ireland to assist teachers in educating their students about the importance of farm and countryside safety.
Dig In! Learn about Life on the Farm and Countryside – a resource for Primary Schools.
From the HSA Farm Safety Competition 2016:
Farm Safely App – for 6 to 16 year olds aiming to teach the dangers present on farms e.g. learning about safety signs, dos and don’ts around farm machinery, links to safety videos, quiz to test their knowledge and more.
Sure chance it! – video illustrating how everyday phrases can encourage you to take unnecessary and life changing risks on the farm.
Be Farm Safe – a video presentation showing the main causes of farm deaths and how to prevent them.
Have the right crush – short animated film about the importance of getting the right animal crush on farms.
Student project information
IFA’s Think Safety Farm Safely campaign was launched by the then President, Mary McAleese, on 25th January 2011. International research has shown that promotion and education is the best way to reduce farm accidents and bring about a real change of safety culture in Irish farms; therefore, IFA’s campaign has been based on this.
2010 was a terrible year for farm fatalities with 25 deaths taking place. Although the fatalities did decrease a little in the last few years, unfortunately 2014 was also tragic, with the total figure of farm deaths being 29. In 2015 there were 18 – click here for further information on the fatalities.
Below are links to information regarding farm safety:
- IFA Submission to Seanad Public Consultation on Farm Safety
- IFA Farm Safety Leaflet
- IFA Farm Safety Risk Assessment Planner
- IFA’s SAVE LIVES – acronym reminder
- HSA Child Safety on the Farm
- Let’s Talk. (Stress is a key factor to consider as it can cause distraction, which can lead to accidents).
- Be Smart – Protect your skin on the Farm (Farmers and their families who work and play outside have a higher than average risk of skin cancer)
FirstLight provides support to families whose child dies suddenly, up to and including the age of 12. They provide professional and qualified care, compassion, and professional support to bereaved parents and families in their darkest hour. Their services are available countrywide and are open to any person who feels they could benefit from them. For more information click here or call LoCall Helpline: 1850 391 391