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Farm Safety BeSafe Conference

A conference on Be Safe, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) funded Farm Safety Behavioural Change project, will take place on Wednesday 23rd November from 10am to 1pm at the Teagasc Research and Innovation Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.

The conference will provide new knowledge gained from the BeSafe project and reveal the findings of recent research on farmers’ attitudes, behaviours and intention related to farm safety.

The farm safety conference will be opened by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon TD, who has special responsibility for farm safety within the Department. It is open to all with an interest in improving farm safety, including farmers and their leaders, policy makers, researchers, advisors and trainer and students.

The Keynote speaker is Dr Claire Jack from the Agriculture and Bioscience Institute (AFBI), Northern Ireland.  Dr Jack will present the finding farm safety research in Northern Ireland. The full programme for the conference can be viewed at https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/national-events/events/besafe-conference.php.

It is planned, also, to launch a newly produced video called ‘Farm Safe’. This video provides   up-to-date and ‘state of the art’ knowledge on preventing injury and ill health on farms. The video has been produced by Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists John McNamara and Francis Bligh with support from FBD insurance plc and the Health and Safety Authority.  The video will be available on line following the launch. 

Speaking in advance of the conference, Dr David Meredith, Be Safe project leader and Teagasc researcher, stated that considerable ‘cutting edge’ research has been recently completed in Ireland. The new knowledge will be of value in improving farm safety both in Ireland and Internationally. The purpose of the conference is to commence the process of putting the new knowledge into the public domain.

Attendance at the BeSafe Seminar is free of charge, but places are limited. Booking can be made at https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/national-events/events/besafe-conference.php and will be accepted on a ‘first come’ basis.