Farm Safety Hub

Up to 50% of workplace fatalities take place on a farm

The IFA wants its members to be able to work and come home each evening. We want Irish farms to be amongst the safest places to work which is why we have created a dedicated resource to support and improve safety awareness amongst farmers and farm families.

We work with other stakeholders in the sector in a  co-ordinated effort to unite our voices in reducing farm accidents and tragedies. 

Farm Safety Week 2022

2022 marks the tenth annual Farm Safety Week.  The collaborative campaign, initiated by the Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) in the UK and led by the IFA within Ireland brings together farming organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland Britain on the topic of farm safety.  

Ten years on farming still has the poorest safety record of any occupation, why is this and more importantly what are we going to do about it?

Farm Safety Videos

As part of Farm Safety Week 2022, we talked to Albert Evans from Co Wicklow who is a survivor of a farm accident. He details how his tiredness let to a horrific accident in the middle of calving season.

We are very thankful to all those individuals who appeared in various video campaigns since the beginning of the Farm Safety Week initiative to highlight the importance of farm safety.   For those who have survived, we thank you for your bravery in recalling those events and we forever remember those who were lost to us.

IFA Farm Safety Week 2022 Leaflet

Farm Safety Events

DateRegional Farm Safety Events
Friday 15th JulyLeinster regional farm safety event. Tom Short’s farm Newtownmountkennedy, Co.Wicklow. A63 HP22 at 7pm. More info here.
Wednesday 20th JulyUlster regional farm safety event. Carrigans, Co. Donegal F93 ED34 at 7.30pm. More info here.
Thursday 21st JulyMunster regional farm safety event. Corrin Mart, Fermoy, Co. Cork. P61 EE37 at 7.30pm. More info here.

Child Safety

Where we understand how a farm can have such appeal to a young child, we must always be mindful that a farm is not a playground.  For those times when children might be visiting the farm ensure they are supervised and only exposed to jobs that are age appropriate.

Farm Safe Schools

Agri Aware, AgriKids and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), supported by the FBD Trust have teamed up to bring the Farm Safe Schools pilot programme to Irish classrooms. The first of its kind, collaborative programme aims to engage, educate and empower Irish children to become farm safety ambassadors and in doing so help create a safer, brighter future on Irish farms.

  • We would like to congratulate the Farm Safe School National Champions for 2022:
     St Josephs National School, Killenummery, Co Leitrim who were the National Winners in the School category.
St Josephs National School, Killenummery, Co Leitrim
  • 5th and 6th class in Athlacca, National School, Co. Limerick were the winners in the Class category.
5th and 6th class Winners in Athlacca, National School, Co. Limerick

Farm Safe Schools – Champions Top Farm Safety Tips

Health and Wellbeing Tips

The IFA have put together a guide for farmers around the stress. Stress plays a huge part in farm safety and this guide gives tips on identifying and coping with stress. See the full guide here.

The Health and Safety Authority are highlighting farmers’ health and wellbeing as a crucial aspect to farm safety. Here is their Guide to Staying Healthy While Farming.

HSA Code of Practice

The Health and Safety Authority are the ruling body regarding safety in the workplace including farms.  This Code of Practice applies only to on-farm work activities and their potential impact on children and young persons.

Visit the HSA website to access their full resources aimed to educate and grow awareness regarding children’s safety on and around a farm.

Farm Safety Statistics

Source: Health and Safety Authority

Farm Safety Offers

We would like to thank the following Companies for taking part in Farm Safety Week offering discounts:

IFA Farm Safety Updates

Burning Agriculture Green Waste Information Note
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Renewed Farm Safety Appeal as Restrictions Set to Remain in Place
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Farmers Urged to Be Extra Vigilant About Farm Safety During Covid-19 Crisis
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Your Health Is the Most Important Asset on the Farm
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Farmers Urged to Be Particularly Vigilant During Spring Calving – IFA
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Farmers Urged to Take Safety Precautions as Slurry Spreading Commences
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IFA to Roll out Peer-to-Peer Farm Safety Learning Initiative in 2019
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Farm Safety Week Concludes Focussing on Livestock Safety
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IFA and Irish Cancer Society Encourage Farmers to Follow Sunsmart Code to Reduce Risks of Skin Cancer
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Farm Safety Week Day 4 – Consider Child Safety
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IFA Urges Older Farmers to Adjust Working Practices and to Be More Aware of Their Limits when It Comes to Health & Safety
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Farm Safety Week – Day 2 Focus on Machinery and Transport
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