The safety, health and welfare of farmers and their workers are secured by the following legislation
Inspectors of the Authority have power to enter any place of work at any reasonable time. Further details of what to expect are available on our website.
Training is an essential part of ensuring that all farm and forestry workers are competent to perform their work. See a complete list of Health and Safety Training courses for the sector.
In recent years someone has died every two weeks in an accident on an Irish farm. Accidents involving farmers over 55 years of age often account for 70% of farm deaths. In an effort to reverse this trend, and focus attention on age as a risk factor, the HSA and the IFA have jointly produced videos entitled “Older, Wiser, Safer – A Practical Guide toSafety for Older Farmers.”
Their hope is that you can learn from their experiences and take the simple steps that will make your farm safer. Viewer discretion is advised.
The following videos provide advice on various topics as shown.
|Introduction||Legal advice, viewer discretion advisory and acknowledgements (47 Second video)|
|Behaviour||Victims describe their accidents and insurance is discussed.(5 Minute 6 Second video)|
|Buildings||Topics include buildings, building work and maintenance, including work at height. (4 Minute 55 second video)|
|BullTestimonial||Farmer Sean Treacy remembers the bull attack that left him seriously injured.(1 Minute 55 Second video)|
|Chainsaws||Topics include operators, chainsaws, PPE, environment, kickback precautions.(5 Minutes 36 Second video)|
|Chemicals||Topics include Safety Data Sheets, storage, packaging and labels, spraying. (7 minutes 27 Second video).NOTE: For the latest labelling information, visit http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/Chemicals/.|
|ChildTestimonial||Brian and Patrick Phelan discuss Brian's PTO accident and his injuries. (2 Minutes 35 Second video)|
|Children||Topics include fatal accident analysis, Code of Practice, risk assessment, machinery, danger areas.(8 Minute video)|
|Electricity||Topics include works by unqualified persons, equipment, tools, RCD, electric fences, power lines, vehicles. (11 Minutes 10 Second video)|
|Health||Topics include farmer's lung, asbestos, noise, diseases, environment. (7 Minutes 5 Second video)|
|Legislation||Topics include legal approach, the Act and Regulations, responsibilities, Safety Statement, Risk Assessment Document. (5 Minutes 26 Second video)|
|Livestock||Topics include handling facilities, driving animals, the bull. (6 Minutes 49 Second video)|
|Machinery||Topics include trap and pinch points, crush points, pull in points, shear and cutting points, burn points, stored energy, thrown objects, guards and signs, safe operators. (10 Minutes 32 Second video)|
|ManualHandling||Topics include how the back works, manual handling technique, manual handling guide. (3 Minutes 48 Second video)|
|PTOTestimonial||Farmer John Goff recalls how he lost his arm in a PTO shaft accident.(1 Minute 53 Second video)|
|RoofTestimonial||Agricultural contractor Stanley Scanlan remembers how he was seriously injured when he fell just 9 feet through a skylight. (1 Minute 59 Second video)|
|Slurry||Topics include drowning, gassing, agitating, grants.(4 Minute 15 Second video)|
|Tractors||Topics include tractor operations, driving, hitching, machine operations, overturning, maintenance, ATV's.(8 Minutes 43 Second video)|
|Traffic||Topics include brakes, lighting, weights, length and width, supplier obligations, Roads Act 1993, driver's license, insurance. (6 Minutes 38 Second video)|
|Workshop||Topics include construction, signs, fire safety, electricity, PPE, burn points, power tools, lifting equipment, welding, compressed air/tyres. (11 Minutes video)|