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Practical Farm Safety Event at Teagasc Kildalton College

Event Time 10:30am - 1:30pm
Venue Teagasc Kildalton College

Farmers, agricultural contractors and farm building contractors are invited to a practical farm safety event at Teagasc Kildalton College on Friday, 10th May from 10.30am to 1.30pm. The event is free of charge and a light lunch and refreshments will be provided to participants.

The event is free of change and is an approved DAFM Knowledge Transfer event for beef, dairy, tillage and sheep  farmers.  Registration takes place from 9.30am to 10.30am and the event will conclude at 1.30 pm.

The Event will commence at 10.30  with a talk by Dr Noel Richardson, Director of National Centre for Men’s Health, IT Carlow, on Promoting Farmers Health. The event will then involve outdoor practical demonstrations where each participant will attend the following four demonstrations:

Farm Machinery Legislation: This demonstration will be provided by Teagasc training staff and will deal with safety and legislation in relation to farm machinery, including the use of tractors and trailers on the road.

Tractor & quad bike safety: As 50 per cent of farm deaths are associated with tractors and machinery, this demonstration will highlight the areas where such accidents occur.

Pesticide safety: Farmers now have a legal duty to obtain training in the use of pesticides and to have boom and mist sprayers tested. The practical aspects of these requirements will be outlined at the event.

Livestock safety: Livestock, particularly suckler cows are considered to have become more aggressive in recent years. A demonstration will take place of livestock handling facilities and practices.

The event is being hosted in association with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the professional body representing occupational health and safety professionals.  Chairperson of the Ireland Branch of IOSH, Liam Howe stated that the event is being held to promote farm safety in the south-east. It is one of a series held in Agricultural Colleges.

Principal of Kildalton College, Tim Ashmore stated: “That Teagasc  greatly welcomes  the opportunity to promote farm health and safety among the farming community, particularly as the busy summer months approaches . The provision of comprehensive training in occupational health and safety is a central component of all Teagasc training courses.”

Health & Safety Coordinator for Kildalton College, Catherine Gavin, welcomes this opportunity to highlight the importance of safety on the farm and to emphasis the importance of farmers general and mental health following a busy spring period and the many challenges of 2018.  Further information regarding this event can be obtained from Catherine Gavin at Teagasc Kildalton College.