National Farm Safety Conference – November 3rd

A national conference on farm safety will take place in Mullingar on Thursday 3rd November. 

Farmers and safety professionals from all over the country will share ideas and prevention strategies on how to best reduce injury and death on farms at the conference hosted by the Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc, with the support of FBD and the Farm Safety Partnership, of which IFA is a member.

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy will chair a session at the conference while IFA member Peter Gohery from Co. Galway, will speak the on impact of his farm accident and how it affected his life and farming.

Attendees will also hear from Professor Jim Phelan, Chair of the Farm Safety Partnership about how farm safety strategies have developed over the years and what is now required to make sustainable improvements. Professor Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer from Teagasc will speak about how to integrate farm safety and health into knowledge transfer on the ground.

Michael Noble from Mental Health Ireland will speak about building resilience and the importance of mental health. Dr John McNamara from Teagasc will present a paper on how to put safety theory into practice. Frances McArdle from Height for Hire will give a talk on new equipment available to farmers for working safely at height.

There will also be  a number of outdoor exhibits on matching tractor size with farm machinery & equipment, along with a demo of a height for hire unit.

The conference qualifies as a Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Marine approved ‘Knowledge Transfer’ event for discussion group members in all farming enterprises – dairy, cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs.

Details and booking

The Farm Safety Conference runs from 9:30am to 1:00pm at the Mullingar Park Hotel in Co. Westmeath on November 3rd.

Admission is free but in order to guarantee a place, contact Teagasc Tullamore on 057 9321405 or email: [email protected].

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