Healthy, Safe and Productive Lives
Any work with cattle involves some level of risk. This publication has been prepared to provide general advice and guidance to all persons handling cattle on farms.
Livestock marts and the lairages of abattoirs present a unique set of health and safety risks. There have been many accidents and large numbers of ‘safety incidents’, some of these accidents have been fatal. This simple guidance is for everyone in marts and lairages, whether workers or farmers. This leaflet is a summary of the “Guidance on Safe Operation of Marts and Lairages” also available from this website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.