‘Stop and Think’ – focus on farm safety in 2018

WITH the closed period for slurry spreading over, farm safety remains a top priority as new dates for farm safety workshops are being organised across Northern Ireland.

Over the years the causes of injuries and fatalities on farm have largely remained the same and all too often these accidents are avoidable. These workshops target farmers, farm family members and farm workers to raise awareness, encouraging improvements and adoption of safer practices.

Hosted on farm, the free workshops offer practical awareness covering the everyday hazards faced by the farming industry.

At the recent Arable Conference at CAFRE, Victor Chestnutt, Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, recognised the importance of health and safety on the farm and encouraged farmers and the farm family members to attend the workshops.

He said: “As with all farm safety advice, the best approach remains to stop and think SAFE, even with everyday tasks. Farm Family Key Skills workshops on health and safety training are vitally important to raise awareness within farming families. The UFU would encourage everyone to take the time to attend the free sessions that include looking at the dangers of slurry, working with animals, equipment and avoiding falls.”

Each workshop offers a mix of real life stories, up to date information and a practical understanding of on farm risks, how to identify them and how to manage them.

Workshops also introduce farm-

ers to the new construction requirements and raise awareness of the ‘Making it Safer’ tool, a key requirement for the new Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS).

Workshop Dates

On-farm workshops are scheduled to take place on the following dates with each workshop commencing at 7pm:

q Thursday, February 8, Omagh

q Tuesday, February 20, Eglinton

q Thursday, February 22, Tandragee

q Tuesday, February 27, Roslea, Fermanagh

q Wednesday, March 7, Ballymena

q Wednesday, March 14, Hilltown, Newry

q Wednesday, March 21, Donemana

After a successful Health and Safety workshop in Ballymena Livestock Market on Tuesday, January 23, Dungannon and Enniskillen Livestock Markets are also hoping to host these workshops in the near future so watch this space.

How to register: Registration in advance of each workshop is essential. For further information or to register for a workshop, go online to www.cafre.ac.uk/industry-support/farm-family-key-skills or alternatively contact Samantha or Joyce at RDC on 028 8676 6980.

Anyone who wishes to host a workshop in their community please also get in touch with RDC for assistance.

Farm family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Im-provement Scheme which is funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and is part funded by the European Union (EU).

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