IFA to launch National Farm Safety Awareness Day

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IFA President, Eddie Downey, is asking all farm families to take action to make their farm a safer place to live and work on National Farm Safety Awareness Day, Tuesday, 21st July.

IFA President, Eddie Downey, is asking all farm families to take action to make their farm a safer place to live and work on National Farm Safety Awareness Day, Tuesday, 21st July.

“I am asking farm families to take time out from farming on Tuesday next, 21st July to review their Farm Safety Risk Assessment by assessing the safety risks on their farm and put in place control measures to reduce the risk of accidents. IFA, with the support of the Champions for Change campaign, has produced an easy-to-use Farm Safety Risk Assessment Planner, which I would encourage all farm families to use to review safety on their farm”.

The National Farm Safety Awareness Day is part of the IFA’s ongoing SAVE LIVES, ‘Think Safety, Farm Safely’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of working on a farm and encourage farmers to change working practices to reduce risks.

IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning, said that National Farm Safety Awareness Day is about getting the whole family involved to review safety on the farm. “Summer is a very busy time on farms so it is important that the young people are aware of the potential risks. By getting the whole family involved I believe we will bring about real change in behaviour to safety and make farming safer.”

Eddie Downey said, “Attitudes to farm safety are changing. The response to the Farm Safety Scheme shows that if farmers are supported, they will invest in safety. IFA will continue to work with and support farm families through initiatives like the Farm Safety Risk Assessment planner to improve safety on farms”.

The Farm Safety Risk Assessment Wall Planner is available to download at http://www.ifa.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IFA-Farm-Safety-Risk-Assessment-Planner.pdf