This week marks the sixth year since the NFU launched the Farm Safety Week with the aim to raise awareness of the serious accidents and fatal injuries in the industry.
The focus for 2018 is on good practice, rather than on agriculture’s safety record with the strapline for this year's initiative being: Your Health. Your Safety. Your Choice.
Stephanie Berkeley, of Farm Safety Foundation, said asking farmers to stop and think had been a key part of campaigns such as Mind Your Head and Who Would Fill Your Boots?
“We can continue to make powerful and emotive films and offer advice and guidance, but we can’t make farmers change their attitude,” she said.
“Only you can make that change. You have to play your part. You have to take responsibility.”
Further guidance is available on the HSE website for Farm Vehicles, Work at Height, Child and Public Safety and electricity. To view this guidance click here.
Focus for 2018
During Farm Safety Week www.yellowwellies.org will feature a series of guest blogs from campaign partners and six sections with advice and top tips.
The six sections include:
- working at height
- working with livestock
- staying slurry safe
- working with machinery
- overhead power lines
- child safety on farms
Ashfords Regulatory Compliance (ARC) have helped our Estates and Farming clients to implement safe systems of work and advised on event safety and diversification.
Our ARC service can support you to manage your existing farm holding or give you the confidence to diversify. Areas of expert advice and guidance available include; health and safety; event safety; food safety; infection control; fire safety; trading standards; environmental responsibilities and security measures.
We can also help you develop robust risk assessments, procedures and safety management policies as well as delivering training and Directors Briefings.
We have a Ashfords Regulatory Compliance (ARC) platform with advice, guidance and resources tailored to the agricultural sector, allowing you to gain support on all regulatory areas in one central place. Further information is available at www.arcservice.co.uk.