Agriculture and Forestry

  • 2010

    Guidance on the Safe Handling of Livestock at Marts and Lairages

    Livestock marts and the lairages of abattoirs present a unique set of health and safety risks as there are large numbers of animals present in unfamiliar surroundings. The purpose of this guidance is to focus on safe systems of work where large numbers of cattle are handled in places that are unfamiliar to them.

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  • 2010

    Tractor Safety and You

    Accidents involving tractors and machinery result in far more deaths and severe injuries than other farm accidents – crushed, entrapped, entangled, deep cuts, amputation, paraplegia, death. You have no chance against the weight and power of the tractor or machine. Take action to prevent accidents with tractors and machinery.

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  • 2010

    Code of Practice on Preventing Accidents to Children and Young Persons in Agriculture

    Because farms are homes as well as workplaces, there are frequently children and young persons in this high-risk environment, either in the family or as visitors. This means children and young persons are at risk of death or injury on farms. This Code of Practice applies only to on-farm work activities and their potential impact on children and young persons.

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  • 2010

    Guidelines for safe working near overhead electricity lines in Agriculture

    Overhead power lines on Irish farms pose a serious risk to farmers, contractors and anyone in the vicinity of high machinery passing close to these lines. Several people have been killed and many more injured as a result of making contact, or near contact, with overhead electricity lines during agricultural work. Machinery (such as forage harvesters, combine harvesters and tipping trailers), equipment (such as ladders) and activities (such as stacking) are often involved. Many ‘near misses’ also arise that are not reported and where no one is injured. Everyone working in agriculture should know, understand and follow safe procedures when working near overhead electricity lines.

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  • 2010

    Guide to safe working with timber and chainsaws

    This guidance document provides general advice for persons working with timber. The advice is not intended to be exhaustive, but should be used as a basis for good practice when deciding how to meet the general duties under Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation. Felling timber using chainsaws is one of the most dangerous tasks carried-out on farms and in forests. Accidents with chainsaws are generally very serious. The major causes of timber related fatal accidents are being struck by falling trees or branches.

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  • 2009

    Code of Practice for Managing Safety and Health in Forestry Operations

    This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on observing the legislation in relation to forestry operations. It came into operation on December 1st 2009 and replaces the Code of Practice for Managing Safety and Health in Forestry Operations which was issued by the Health and Safety Authority in May 2003.

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  • 2009

    Review of Farm Safety Plan 2003-2007

    The Farm Safety Plan was developed by the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC) in 2003. It set ambitious targets in relation to health and safety and identified specific activities to achieve these targets. This publication outlines a performance review for the 5 year period.

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  • 2009

    Health and Safety for Swine Workers

    Recent research suggests that swine confinement workers are potentially exposed to workplace contaminants at levels above recommended health limits. This information sheet provides useful information for anyone who works in such an environment.

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  • 2008

    All Terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Agriculture and Forestry Information Sheet

    The information sheet gives advice on the safe use of sit-astride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) often known as ATV Quad Bikes.

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  • 2008

    Guidelines on the Preparation of a Safety Statement for a Farm

    A safety statement is a programme in writing aimed at minimising exposure to risk of injury or ill-health for all who work on the farm or who may be affected by that work. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 places the duty of preparing and implementing the statement on the person in control of the farm

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