Farm Safety Focus

On this page we compile the most recent farm safety news bulletins affecting farm workers and labourers in the UK. We will be updating this section, so feel free to check back regularly for any potential updates.

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‘Mind Your Head’ Campaign

Last month saw the Farm Safety Foundation supporting the 'Mind Your Head' Campaign, to raise awareness and encourage everyone to talk about mental health and wellbeing. 
Mental health is just as important as any other health issue - so it’s important to know that you can talk about it and that you’re not alone.

Farmers often work long hours and have to deal with stressful situations. It is important to know that there is support out there if you don't feel you can talk to family, friends or colleagues

We have compiled a list of mental health support groups. You can see them here.

HSE Announces Focus on Improving Farming Safety Standards in 2019 

With a focus on improving safety in agriculture, the HSE are planning to inspect a number of farms in the first quarter of the year. 

In particular, they will be focusing on key farm safety topics that cause lots of serious accidents and fatalities or health issues across the industry .
Their recently released guide, 'What a good Farm looks like', provides a straight forward guide for farmers on where they should start to focus their attentions to get farm safety right.

Farm Safety Partnership - Drive Safety Forward for 2019

Quoted from NFU publication :

"The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) has today (8 January) launched its safety campaign for 2019, working towards its target of halving farm fatalities by the end of 2023. The initiative aims to coordinate messages across the industry by looking at specific actions each season and promoting good practice in these areas. These key areas will include transport and machinery, handling livestock, child safety, and working at height.

The first quarter of 2019 will focus on promoting ways in which farmers can stay safe when in transport, and people across the industry are taking to social media today to promote good practice in this area by using the hashtag #DriveSafetyForward."

Over the next few months, the FSP will be urging all farmers and farm workers to:

  • Follow the Safe Stop procedure every time you leave the cab
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Drive legal and safe every time
  • Make your farm yard a safe yard

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