Managing Farm Safety and Health Video Series

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The Managing Farm Safety and Health Video Series provides up-to-date and ‘state of the art’ knowledge on preventing injury and ill health on farms.

The series has been produced by John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists, with support from FBD Insurance and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Managing Farm Safety and Health Video Series

  • Child SafetyA farm is a great environment to grow up on, but the farm and farmyards are dangerous. 10% of all fatalities on farms involve children. Children should not be allowed on the farm if they are not properly supervised.

  • Older Persons SafetyOlder farmers can continue to be safe and productive. The key is the ability of them and their families to recognise age-related risk factors, as well as the willingness to modify expectations and physical activity accordingly.

  • Tractor SafetyTractors and farm vehicles can help you save time, money and increase productivity, but they are also very hazardous if not operated in a safe manner.

  • Machinery SafetyModern agriculture is increasingly dependent on the use of machinery in order to carry out tasks in the most efficient way possible. However, HSA statistics show machinery accounts for 8 % of fatal injuries on farms. Machinery is also a significant cause of serious injuries on farms.

  • Livestock SafetyIt is estimated that over 40% of all farm accidents (fatal and non-fatal) involve livestock. While many are associated with the handling of bulls, most accidents occur during routine tasks such as herding, loading, drenching, vaccinating, testing and handling cows at calving.

  • Livestock HandlingWell-designed cattle handling facilities based on animal behaviour principles are essential on every farm with cattle. They help to minimise stress on the animal and make cattle handling tasks easier and safer. The handling facility should fit in with your day-to-day activities seamlessly.

  • Sheep SafetySheep farming can be a physically demanding job. Tasks like dipping and foot care can involve intense repetitive handling during which the same muscles are strained. Good sheep handling facilities and techniques will help to improve safety and welfare for the handler and sheep.

  • Slurry Handling SafetyLivestock farming produces large amounts of organic waste which is a great source of organic nutrients but needs careful handling to prevent death and life-changing injury.

  • Harvesting SafetyHarvest season calls for advance planning and even farmers and contractors with years of experience need to be aware of the dangers associated with this activity and take the necessary precautions.

  • Workshop SafetyEvery farm has a requirement to carry out machinery maintenance and repairs. Adopting safe work practices are essential when carrying out maintenance or repairs in the workshop. If equipment is not used safely, serious or fatal injury can occur.

  • Chemical SafetyChemicals such as animal medicines, sprays, fertilisers, oils, disinfectants, dairy detergents and slurry gases can pose considerable risk to farmers. Chemicals need to be stored and used correctly to protect your health and safety.

  • Health of FarmersManaging your own personal health and safety needs to be central to good management on the farm.

Teagasc College Of Amenity Horticulture trains students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and a large selection of Horticultural Businesses.

Currently Teagasc College Of Amenity Horticulture are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students

Steven Galvin

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