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Practical Farm Safety Event at Teagasc Ballyhaise College

Farmers, agricultural contractors and farm building contractors are invited to a practical farm safety event at Teagasc Ballyhaise College on Wednesday, 11 November from 10am to 4pm. The event is free of charge and lunch and refreshments will be provided to participants.

The event is being hosted by 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 on an all-island basis with farmers from both the Republic and Northern Ireland invited to attend the event.

At the event, Keith Morrison, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and Martin O’Halloran, CEO, Health and Safety Authority, will outline the new trends in farm safety.

The event will be organised mainly as an outdoor practical demonstration, where each participant will attend the following six demonstrations:

Chainsaw safety: This demonstration will be provided by Coillte training staff and will deal with safety features of chainsawing and a demonstration of tree felling.

Tractor 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 will have the duty to have sprayers tested from next year. 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.

Building safety: Considerable construction of farm buildings is set to take place as Irish agriculture expands. Safety in construction and electrical safety will be provided by Kilmoon Trading.

Slurry safety management: Slurry has the potential to kill through both drowning and gassing and this demonstration will show how such deaths can be prevented.

Principal of Ballyhaise College, John Kelly stated: “That staff at Teagasc Ballyhaise College greatly welcome the opportunity to provide support for this IOSH-organised farm safety event. The provision of comprehensive training in occupational health and safety is a central component of all Teagasc training courses.