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Health and Safety
Good Farm Guide published by Health and Safety Executive
A guide entitled “What a good farm looks like” has been published by Health and Safety Executive. The guide will help farmers understand the common risks to health and safety on farms and what can be done to control them. HSE Inspectors will also look at the topics covered in this guide when they visit farms to check that risks are being controlled in these areas. The guide can be accessed here.
Livestock safety focus from the Farm Safety Partnership
The NFU and partners in the Farm Safety Partnership are focusing on livestock from three months from April 2019 and are highlighting steps that farmers can take to better manage risk to themselves, their workers and to the public.
The key messages to industry they are promoting are:
1. Select and use well designed handling facilities, in the yard, buildings and field. Keep them maintained.
2. Never enter an enclosure with a loose bull or when an unrestrained cow is with a calf unless the animals are restrained or segregated.
3. Remove aggressive animals from the herd.
4. Wherever possible separate livestock from the public and select fields without rights of way when cattle have calves at foot.
Further information on the campaign can be viewed here.
Farmers are warned about new welding regulations
Farmers are being warned about new rules to reduce exposure to welding fumes following a recent reclassification by Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer. As a result, HSE announced in February that with immediate effect, it is strengthening its enforcement expectations for welding fumes on the basis that general ventilation does not give sufficient control. HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without suitable exposure control measures being in place, regardless of the duration. To read the full article please visit this page.
New leaflet on lone working
The Farming Community Network and AgriiUK have produced a new leaflet about coping with lone working and isolation in farming. A copy of “Five to Thrive – Supporting Rural Communities” can be requested from email@example.com
Farm Safety Partnership aims to reduce fatal accidents by 50%
The NFU and partners in the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) have committed to work towards reducing farm work place fatal accidents by 50% by 2023. To help achieve this ambition, the NFU and FSP partners are launching a year-long safety campaign focusing attention on four of the top causes of farm work place fatality and injury. The aim of the campaign is to highlight changes that can be made by farmers to farm work place behaviours which, if implemented, have the potential to significantly improve the safety record of agriculture and save lives often at minimal cost.
The first quarter‘s campaign focuses on transport. A new NFU Vehicle Health Check Guide has been released to help farmers maintain and use vehicles safely and comply with the law. The guide can be downloaded here.
#SeeItChangeIt safety campaign launched by the NFU
The NFU has launched its #SeeItChangeIt campaign at its 2018 conference – its latest initiative to improve safety and wellbeing on farms.
The campaign aims to get farmers and growers actively looking for risks on farm, and using simple and cost effective ways to eliminate them.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It is widely acknowledged that the safety record within the farming sector needs improving, and there are simple but specific practices that we can change ourselves.
The #SeeItChangeIt campaign will get farmers actively looking for risks on farm and then doing something about it – whether it’s a promise to check their PTO shaft every week, wear a helmet every time they ride an ATV, or simply just to keep their mobile phone charged and on their person.
“It must also be noted that the mental wellbeing of farmers is just as important as physical safety. Stress and depression are among many other illnesses that can massively impact your life and work, and we must be able to recognise when we need help.
“The NFU urges farmers to get behind the #SeeItChangeIt campaign by filling out a Promise Card – tweet us, stick it on your fridge or simply keep it on your bedside table – but use it to make one change that will improve your own wellbeing and that of the farming industry.”
Tips for reducing fire risk
Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.
Tips to consider for reducing fire risk:
• Hay and straw should be removed from fields as soon as possible after harvesting
• Hay and straw should be stored separately from other buildings, particularly those housing fuels, agrochemicals and machinery in stacks of reasonable size, spaced at least 10 metres apart separately from livestock housing
• Petrol, diesel and other fuels should be stored in secure areas and storage tank outlets should be padlocked.
• Fertilisers and pesticides should be kept under lock and key. The Health & Safety Executive can provide further advice on the storage and transportation of fertilisers, particularly ammonium nitrate.
• Rubbish should be disposed of safely and on a regular basis
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue state that it is very important to ensure that the property name whether a farm, house or business is clearly shown at the entrance so emergency services can locate your property as quickly as possible.
Beware of waste materials in animal bedding
During routine inspections the Environment Agency has discovered instances where waste materials, such as plasterboard and wood contaminated with plastics, metals and other hazardous material have been used as animal bedding on farms. This may be harmful to livestock, the environment, is illegal and can be very expensive to clean up. Farmers should be present during the delivery of waste materials to their farm. Ensure that simple checks are made on whether the waste is to the same specification as you agreed and that it is free from contaminants. Wrongly described waste, contaminated waste or waste that is not allowed under a U8 exemption should be rejected. For more information please contact the Environment Agency.
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