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Farm Safety Training Reaches Target

13th March 2014

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill announced that the target of 3,000 people having undertaken FarmSafe Awareness training by the end of March 2014, has been achieved.

Launched in February 2013, FarmSafe Awareness is designed to raise awareness to farmers and their families of the risks that exist when working on farms. The initiative was developed by the industry through the Farm Safety Partnership   Topics covered at the awareness sessions include: Working at Height; Slurry Risks; Handling Livestock; and Working with Machinery.

In welcoming the achievement to date Minister O’Neill said: “The FarmSafe Awareness sessions were introduced to help change a mindset of risk-taking and I welcome the fact that the initial target of 3,000 participants has been reached. 

“With the brighter evenings upon us farmers will be spending more time outdoors and it is vitally important to be aware of the inherent dangers that may exist and take measures to mitigate any risks.

“I would therefore urge farmers to ‘stop and think SAFE’ before carrying out any specific task and where possible have someone nearby to assist with any difficult jobs.”

Teresa Canavan, speaking on behalf of the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership, responsible for administering the initiative said; “It’s very encouraging to see that farmers and farm family members have taken the opportunity to attend a FarmSafe Awareness event which highlights their commitment to making health and safety a number one priority on the farm.  We will continue to promote and deliver FarmSafe events throughout Northern Ireland ensuring that this important message reaches farm households.  If you are a farmer, member of a farm family or involved in a farming group and wish to attend a FarmSafe event please do get in touch.  Events can be arranged locally and participation is free to the farming community”.

FarmSafe Awareness is open to farmers and farm families aged 17 and over. Attendance is free of charge and training takes place across the north within established Focus Farms.

FarmSafe Awareness events can also be delivered directly to farming groups. If you are a farming group or can get a group of 10 or more farmers together we can arrange a group session for you. FarmSafe Awareness provides opportunities for you to share experiences and to ask questions in small groups.

Attendance is by registration (so we can arrange suitable facilities). If you would like further information or to register please contact FarmSafe Awareness on Tel: 0845 026 7536 or Email: options@countrysiderural.co.uk