Farm Safety Dates Announced

16 April 2018

A further series of dates has been announced by CAFRE and the Rural Development Council for on-farm health and safety workshops delivered as part of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 - Farm Family Key Skills.

Farmers, farm family members and farm employees can attend free workshops running through April to July at various farm venues across Northern Ireland. The workshops offer practical awareness raising which covers the everyday hazards faced by the farming industry.

Workshops offer a mix of real life stories, up to date information and a practical understanding of on farm risks, how to identify them and how to manage them. Workshops also introduce farmers to the new construction requirements and raise awareness of the ‘Making it Safer’ tool, a key requirement for the new Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS).

Trainees who complete one of the health and safety workshops will be entered into a free monthly draw to win a Health & Safety pack. Each pack contains a head torch, hi-vis vest, body warmer and safety wellingtons boots.

Speaking about the workshops, Teresa Canavan, Rural Development Council said, “Health and safety on the farm continues to be an issue, statistics show that each month there are over 100 accidents on the farm that require medical attention. We fully appreciate that this time of year is busy in the farming calendar but would encourage family members to attend one of the upcoming workshops.”

There is still an opportunity to attend a free Health & Safety workshop at the following on-farm locations:

Thursday 26th April 7pm Armagh
Thursday 24th May 7pm Ballymena
Tuesday 19th June 7pm Omagh
Thursday 5th July 7pm Newtownards

A further workshop will take place in Enniskillen Ulster Farmers Mart on Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 1.30pm.

Alternatively, if your local community wishes to host a workshop then training can be set up for a group of farmers, family members and employees in your area.

For further information or to register for a workshop go online to or alternatively contact Samantha or Joyce at RDC on 028 8676 6980. Anyone who wishes to host a workshop in their community please also get in touch with RDC to discuss how this can be arranged.

Farm family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme which is funded under the NI Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020. The programme is part of the Knowledge Transfer measure and is part funded by the European Union (EU).