O'Neill launches new online farm safety tool

02 July 2014

A new online farm safety tool was launched today which is designed to make people more aware of the dangers that exist on farms.


FarmSafeNet is part of a suite of activities developed by the industry led Farm Safety Partnership which since its formation in 2012 has been combining resources and working closely with the farming community to develop a culture of safety first on farms. 

Speaking at the launch Agriculture Minister Michellle O’Neill said:  The facts tell us that farming is our most dangerous industry and that is why members of the Farm Safety Partnership continue to work together to avoid tragic events on our farms. The four main dangers within the farming industry are working with slurry, animals, falls from height and working with equipment.  There is a lot of useful information and advice available on the FarmSafeNet website on these four areas and I would urge all those working or living on a farm to visit to site to learn more.”

The Farm Safety Partnership launched its second Action Plan in April 2014 covering the period 2014 to 2017.  The introduction of this easy-to-use and accessible on-line tool will build on the good progress already achieved through the on-farm FarmSafe awareness events and the wider work of the Partnership.  The aim of this action plan is to influence future behaviour so that farmers, their families, and their employees are capable, motivated, and able to work safely to reduce accidents on farms.  A number of interventions are contained in the action plan to achieve this aim and will cover the four areas of Information and Promotion of SAFE Working, Training and Education, Motivating Good Behaviour and Discouraging Poor Practice, and Support and Assistance.

To access FarmSafeNet simply go on-line and access www.farmsafenet.org, view the videos, read the resources available and complete the quiz.   On completion of the quiz you will receive a certificate containing a unique reference number which you will be advised to retain for future reference. You will be able to use this as evidence to support your commitment to farm safety when accessing future DARD services or schemes.


 Notes to the editor

  1. Photo: Back Row, left to right: Sam Campbell (Ai Services); David McConaghy (UFU); David Small (DARD Assistant Permanent Secretary); Eamonn Matthews (Ai Services)   Front Row, left to right, George Mathers (CAFRE); David Cairns (NFU); Kerry McGarvey (YFCU), Keith Morrison (HSENI) & Teresa Canavan (RDC)
  1. The Rural Development Council (RDC) is responsible for the delivery of the Farm Family Options (Skills) Measure under which this training is being delivered in conjunction with AI Services.
  1. The Farm Safety Partnership includes representatives from:  the Health & Safety Executive NI, DARD, Ulster Farmers Union, NFU Mutual, the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster and NIAPA
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