Farming is recognised by HSE as one of the most hazardous activities to employees, contractors and even children in the UK.
Many visitors to the countryside think of a farm as a calm and peaceful environment.
Farm safety is critical to farming success, with farms having health and safety hazards including:
- Chemicals and pesticides
- Machinery, tools and equipment that can be dangerous
- Hazardous areas, such as grain bins, silos and wells
- Livestock that can spread diseases or cause injuries
- Safety of children in an agricultural establishment
- Understanding the risks to overseas workers
- Lone working
Health and Safety in the workplace is essential as accidents are very common and HSE statistics show this occupation to have more serious accidents per employee than most other jobs. Most farm accidents involve machinery. Quad bikes and high speed tractors present risks that can result in serious injury or death if not managed properly. Like any other industry, agriculture activities require careful planning, organisation and policy development to minimise the risks encountered.
All agricultural establishments must have effective policies in place to protect the health and safety of their employees, contractors and visitors. Whether you are the owner, manager, employee or contractor, everyone has a responsibility to ensure that the risks associated with the day to day activities are being controlled adequately.
Implementing practical risk reduction measures allows you to demonstrate that you have complied with the law and taken all reasonable measures to reduce risk to staff, contractors and visitors.
If you would like guidance and support in developing and implementing health & safety policies within your agricultural establishment, then contact Aegis on +44 (0)1434 674820 or via email. We would be happy to provide you with proportionate and practical health & safety solutions including:
- Policy development
- Carrying out risk assessments specific to your activities
- Organising and delivery of training eg manual handling, handling chemicals
- Audits and inspection
- Fire risk assessment and preparation of building fire plan diagrams
- Managing and assessing the competency of contractors
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