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National Conference on Farm Safety and Health

Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority (H.S.A.) will hold a National Conference on Farm Safety and Health on Thursday 21st August. The venue for the event is the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny from 10am to 1pm.

The Conference takes place against the background of a major upsurge in farm deaths. Eighteen fatalities have taken place so far in 2014 which is two more than the total for all of 2013.

The National Conference is being held in association with the Farm Safety Partnership which is representative of organisations with a role in promoting Farm Health and Safety. Farming organisation leaders Mr Eddie Downey, IFA, Mr John Comer, ICMSA and Mr Kieran O’Dowd, Macra na Feirme will chair conference sessions.

Health and Safety Authority Board member, Professor Jim Phelan, UCD School of Agriculture will chair the opening session at the event. Mr Martin O’Halloran C.E.O. of the Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle will give opening addresses and outline future strategies to combat farm accidents and health issues.

At the event, Brian and Norma Rohan, organisers of the recent Embrace Farm Accident Victim Remembrance Service, will outline the impact of a farm accident tragedy.

Chartered Psychologist, Dr Denis O’Hora from the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway will outline the challenges that face farmers in adopting safety and health measures. The aim of his paper will be to pinpoint strategies to gain more effective on-farm adoption of safety and health measures.

Mr Ben Ellis from the National Farmers Union, United Kingdom will outline success from a partnership approach in promoting farm safety in the UK.

Health and Safety Authority Inspector, Ms Catherina Glancy will give a paper on learning from accident investigations.

Teagasc Health and Safety Officer, Mr John McNamara will provide recent findings on adoption of safety and health measures by farmers from a national study.

Mr Ciaran Roche, FBD Insurance will outline strategies to effectively promote safety and health measures.

The conference is of particular relevance to farmers, contractors, advisers and anyone with an interest in farm safety and health.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge booking is requested to 056-7721153.

Further information on the conference is available at www.teagasc.ie