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Farm Safety Week 2018 takes place from the 16th to 20th July

This year the approach is different, the campaign will celebrate when things go right, share good practice and demonstrate what ‘good’ looks like in relation to working practices on the farm. The risk areas covered by the campaign have expanded to include: child safety, mental health and sun protection.

The message for Farm Safety Week this year is: Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.

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 Week Supporters Pack

Help to support the campaign! Imagery and information to help support the campaign are available here 

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.

Below are links to tips and information on farm safety:

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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