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IFA Farm safety talk

Parents information


Teresa Rafter came to our school to talk to us about the importance of being safe on the farm at all times. Thanks to the parents association for organising this essential visit.

Tips on how to keep safe on the farm

Tractors, Machinery, Workshop Equipment
Ensure that all machinery and equipment is in safe working order. Consult the operator's manual. Keep all safety guards in place.
Make sure that all operators are competent and work in a safe manner.
Always turn off the PTO and stop the engine before attempting to free a blockage. Watch out for bystanders.
All animals can be dangerous. Keep the temperament of animals, especially bulls, under constant review. Ensure that children, in particular, are safe when cattle are being herded.
Bulls should have a ring and trailing chain attached. Where a bull is present, place a warning sign at field entrances with public access.
Check that your livestock handling, housing and loading facilities are safe and easy to use.CTORS,
Trips, Falls and Blows
Keep all walkways and work areas free of tripping hazards.
Rushing is the cause of many accidents - work at a steady pace.
When gaining access to heights, use a sound and properly secured ladder. Never walk on a fragile roof, use adequately supported crawler boards or roofing ladders. Ensure that lofts and stairways are sound and have adequate guard-rails fitted.
Fit sliding doors or ensure that doors can be secured. Heavy swinging doors or gates are highly dangerous, especially in windy conditions.
Look out for and eliminate particular hazards to children on your farm.
Provide a safe and secure play area for young children.
Supervise young people working on your farm. A young person must be 14 years old to operate a tractor on the farm and over 16 years of age to do so on public roads. Read the Health and Safety Authority guidelines on child safety on farms.
Ensure that all slurry and effluent tanks are fenced or covered.
Only agitate and move slurry when there is a lot of air movement. Pick a windy day. Evacuate all people and stock from sheds. Open all doors and outlets.
Adding silage effluent to slurry greatly increases the level of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas produced.
Electrical Installations
Have a competent electrician examine the electrical installations on your farm and upgrade if necessary. Be familiar with the standards of electrical installation. Read the ESB leaflet "Farm Well, Farm Safely".
Ensure that all plugs are correctly wired and that cables are sound. Only use waterproof fittings in damp locations. All sockets should be protected by a 30 milliAmp Residual Current Device (R.C.D.).
Lookout for overhead cables and observe safe clearance distances.
Store all pesticides and farm chemicals in a secure, bunded store, made of non-flammable material. Identify the store with the correct safety warning sign. The store should be isolated from flammable materials such as hay or straw.
Wear suitable protective equipment - wellingtons, coverall, pesticide gloves, a face shield and where necessary a respirator.
Ensure that the sprayer is in safe working order. Operators should receive training. Consult the Teagasc Code of Practice for further information.

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