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Farm Safety Week 2020 takes place from the 20th to 24th July

2020 marks the eight annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland, an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable. The message for this year’s campaign is: Save Lives. Think Safety – Farm Safely.

Farm Safety Videos


About Farm Safety Week

Farm Safety Week is supported by a number of agencies, including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and members of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee.

Farm Safety Week is an initiative of the Farm Safety Foundation.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any sector in Ireland, last year 15 people lost their lives in farm accidents, with 12 confirmed deaths so far in 2019.

The campaign seeks to:

  • Continue to raise awareness of farming having one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland.
  • Highlight that the industry is aware of this and is working to address the issue.
  • Share good practice and demonstrate what good looks like
  • Continue to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the industry by increasing understanding of how to support those dealing with mental health issues in the industry

Farm Safety Resources

Complying with Farm Safety requirements

The best way to protect you, your family and anyone working or visiting the farm is to know where hazzards are 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 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.

Guidance on Farm Safety Requirements
Risk Assessment Document

Resources for schools & children


Agrikids has produced a number of online resources and games to teach kids about farm safety.

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 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.

HSA Child Safety on the Farm 

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on the farm.

HSA Staying Safe on the farm with Jessy

A book for children highlighting the importance of farm safety.

Supports for Families Affected by Farm Accidents

Embrace Farm

Embrace FARM, founded by Brian & Norma Rohan, supports families after the loss of a loved one from a Farming accident. For more information, click here.


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

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