Several major studies on farm safety are either completed or well under way. The Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc have supported this research.

1, UCD PhD farm safety research (pdf, 1.93 MB)

Ms Anne Finnegan has completed a PhD entitled "An examination of the Status of Health and Safety in Ireland". This was supported by Teagasc and the HSA. Its findings were presented at the National Safety and Health Conference which took place on 12 July 2007.

2. NUIG on health issues in piggery's (pdf, 486 KB)

This report was prepared by Marie Coggins, Patricia Mc Donnell, Gerard Fleming and Victoria Hogan. The primary objective of this research project was to evaluate Irish swine farmers’ occupational exposure to certain respiratory hazards, namely: carbon dioxide, ammonia, swine confinement dust, and bacterial endotoxin. Worker exposure levels were compared to the recommended health limits for the prevention of acute respiratory symptoms in swine workers

3. Teagasc/Leonardo livestock project (pdf, 1.47 MB)

A Leonardo Livestock Safety Project has been in progress since 2006. This project is managed by the French organisation CCMSA (Caisse Centrale de la Mutualite Agricole) and has partners in Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Ireland. The link above shows the outcome of this research.


An evaluation of the Teagasc/HSA Initiative has been undertaken by Mr. John McNamara of TEAGASC, in association with HSA inspectors. A paper giving preliminary findings of the pilot phase of the initiative is available below:


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Current Teagasc PhD Projects in Health and Safety
Impact of Disability on the Farm BusinessMr.  Shane Whelan  ( RERC)Teagasc Walsh Fellow.2010
Safety with Livestock

Mr. Micheal Mazurek  ( Grange)

Teagasc Walsh Fellow in association with H.S.A and FSPAC.

Part Funded by EU Leonardo

Rural Suicides among young farmers

Ms Maria Feeney ( RERC)

Teagasc Walsh Fellow

Evaluation of Farm Safety Code of Practice uptake/ behaviour change among farmers.

Mr. John McNamara

Teagasc – H.S.A. Joint Evaluation

Occupational Health of Farmers

Ms Aoife Osborne ( RERC)

Teagasc – H.S.A. Walsh Fellow




Teagasc also conducts a geographic-demographic study (Mr. David Meredith, Rural Economy Research Centre/John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Officer) of fatal farm accidents with data supplied by the Health and Safety Authority to uncover trends in accident occurrence to aid development of prevention initiatives.  


Other Research

Mushroom Compost

Farmers should be aware that high levels of Hydrogen Sulphide are generated in spent mushroom compost when stored for more that 3 to 4 weeks. This is a potentially fatal gas when inhaled in sufficiently high quantities. Critically, even if  contractors know how to deal with mushroom compost and protect themselves accordingly, Farmers need to keep themselves, and family members, particularly children, well away during removal. Farmers must ensure that the spent mushroom compost heap is not used as a play area due to the possible release of high levels of Hydrogen Sulphide.

The following is a presentation given by the Teagasc on research into mushroom compost following the tragic death of a child in 2005 as a result of the inhalation of hydrogen sulphide.


Agricultural Vehicles

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued a consultative document on the safety of agricultural vehicles on our roads.

Road Safety  Authority consultative document on Agricultural Vehicles (pdf 1.17MB)

Any comments on the document should be sent to the RSA at The Road Safety Authority, Moy Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo Tel: 096 25000 or E-mail.