Warwickshire Rural Hub
Health and Safety
Mind your Head on #MentalHealthAwarenessDay
It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 on 10 October when we are encouraging you to remember its OK not be OK. Take a look at the Yellow Wellies Mind Your Head page to see where you can access support when the going gets tough. Remember its OK to reach out – the Farming Community Network support line is open every day of the year, 7.00am – 11.00pm.
Tel: 03000 111999 or email email@example.com
Eight farmers are referred to their GP at Rural Hub/FCN wellbeing event
Farmers visiting Rugby Livestock Mart café on Monday 16 September found more on offer than the usual bacon butty and cup of tea as the building was the focus of a wellbeing event organised by Warwickshire Rural Hub and Farming Community Network. Farmers present in the café were invited to share any health or welfare concerns with representatives from MacMillan Cancer Support, Addington Fund, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Farming Community Network. In addition, two nurses from Parish Nursing were available for blood pressure testing and health advice and a massage therapist was on hand to offer a quick, free massage to help relieve tension. Copies of the FCN booklet “Fit for Farming” were distributed free of charge.
By the end of the event forty-five farmers had had their blood pressure checked, eight farmers were referred to their GP by the nurses and nine people volunteered for a massage. Bowel and prostate cancer were the two issues raised most frequently with the representative from MacMillan Cancer Support.
Due to its success it is hoped to repeat the wellbeing event in the new year.
Horse Box Safety Week – NFU Mutual launch video on YouTube
Every year the emergency services are called out to help horses that have become trapped or injured whilst travelling in a horse box. As part of Horse Box Safety Week NFU Mutual has published a video on YouTube which gives advice on what to do if this happens to you and your horse.
You can also visit this page to read all about the Horse box Safety Week campaign and download the new horse box safety guide.
What3words: the app that could save your life
What3words is a free app that points to a very specific location in the world. It has divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address. When you download the app it will find your location and give you the 3 words that are assigned to your location – which can be given to emergency services to enable them to locate you straight away. The app does not need a phone connection to give you your three words.
Partnership working to tackle farm fires in Warwickshire
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with Warwickshire Police and the NFU to help farmers reduce the risk of having a fire which could potentially destroy their business. In the last three years Warwickshire Fire and Rescue has attended 278 fires on farms and smallholdings across Warwickshire. In a bid to tackle reduce the number of fires a farm fire safety campaign has been launched to help raise awareness about the simple steps farmers can take to help keep their farm safe from fire. Whilst arson attacks on farms and smallholdings may be difficult to eliminate, a number of simple precautions can help to reduce the risk of attack including:
- providing, repair or replace damaged fencing or gates
- installing intruder sensors and security lighting
- maintaining the security of out buildings
The Farm Fire Safety Booklet can be read here.
Download the Farmers’ Guardian guide to safeguarding your farm
For Farm Safety Week (14 – 22 July) Farmers’ Guardian has published an Intelligence Guide for Health and Safety, making sure that in a time of increasing numbers of farm fatalities you can take steps to better safeguard your farm and your future. Download your copy here.
The little book of minding your head
There are a number of mental health risk factors associated with agriculture. Farmers work long hours, often in isolation. They can be under significant financial pressure, often required to take on significant debt to purchase the land and equipment required to operate. And in most cases, a farmer’s place of business is also his or her home, meaning there is no easy way to get away from the workload. Increased understanding, and discussions around mental health will, in time, reduce the discrimination experienced by those who have mental health issues. The Farm Safety Foundation’s Little Book of Minding Your Head offers a pocket guide to understanding mental health and stress management. Download your copy here.
Good Farm Guide published by Health and Safety Executive
A guide entitled “What a good farm looks like” has been published by Health and Safety Executive. The guide will help farmers understand the common risks to health and safety on farms and what can be done to control them. HSE Inspectors will also look at the topics covered in this guide when they visit farms to check that risks are being controlled in these areas. The guide can be accessed here.
Livestock safety focus from the Farm Safety Partnership
The NFU and partners in the Farm Safety Partnership are focusing on livestock from three months from April 2019 and are highlighting steps that farmers can take to better manage risk to themselves, their workers and to the public.
The key messages to industry they are promoting are:
1. Select and use well designed handling facilities, in the yard, buildings and field. Keep them maintained.
2. Never enter an enclosure with a loose bull or when an unrestrained cow is with a calf unless the animals are restrained or segregated.
3. Remove aggressive animals from the herd.
4. Wherever possible separate livestock from the public and select fields without rights of way when cattle have calves at foot.
Further information on the campaign can be viewed here.
Farm Safety Partnership aims to reduce fatal accidents by 50%
The NFU and partners in the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) have committed to work towards reducing farm work place fatal accidents by 50% by 2023. To help achieve this ambition, the NFU and FSP partners are launching a year-long safety campaign focusing attention on four of the top causes of farm work place fatality and injury. The aim of the campaign is to highlight changes that can be made by farmers to farm work place behaviours which, if implemented, have the potential to significantly improve the safety record of agriculture and save lives often at minimal cost.
The first quarter‘s campaign focuses on transport. A new NFU Vehicle Health Check Guide has been released to help farmers maintain and use vehicles safely and comply with the law. The guide can be downloaded here.
#SeeItChangeIt safety campaign launched by the NFU
The NFU has launched its #SeeItChangeIt campaign at its 2018 conference – its latest initiative to improve safety and wellbeing on farms.
The campaign aims to get farmers and growers actively looking for risks on farm, and using simple and cost effective ways to eliminate them.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It is widely acknowledged that the safety record within the farming sector needs improving, and there are simple but specific practices that we can change ourselves.
The #SeeItChangeIt campaign will get farmers actively looking for risks on farm and then doing something about it – whether it’s a promise to check their PTO shaft every week, wear a helmet every time they ride an ATV, or simply just to keep their mobile phone charged and on their person.
“It must also be noted that the mental wellbeing of farmers is just as important as physical safety. Stress and depression are among many other illnesses that can massively impact your life and work, and we must be able to recognise when we need help.
“The NFU urges farmers to get behind the #SeeItChangeIt campaign by filling out a Promise Card – tweet us, stick it on your fridge or simply keep it on your bedside table – but use it to make one change that will improve your own wellbeing and that of the farming industry.”
Tips for reducing fire risk
Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.
Tips to consider for reducing fire risk:
• Hay and straw should be removed from fields as soon as possible after harvesting
• Hay and straw should be stored separately from other buildings, particularly those housing fuels, agrochemicals and machinery in stacks of reasonable size, spaced at least 10 metres apart separately from livestock housing
• Petrol, diesel and other fuels should be stored in secure areas and storage tank outlets should be padlocked.
• Fertilisers and pesticides should be kept under lock and key. The Health & Safety Executive can provide further advice on the storage and transportation of fertilisers, particularly ammonium nitrate.
• Rubbish should be disposed of safely and on a regular basis
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue state that it is very important to ensure that the property name whether a farm, house or business is clearly shown at the entrance so emergency services can locate your property as quickly as possible.
Beware of waste materials in animal bedding
During routine inspections the Environment Agency has discovered instances where waste materials, such as plasterboard and wood contaminated with plastics, metals and other hazardous material have been used as animal bedding on farms. This may be harmful to livestock, the environment, is illegal and can be very expensive to clean up. Farmers should be present during the delivery of waste materials to their farm. Ensure that simple checks are made on whether the waste is to the same specification as you agreed and that it is free from contaminants. Wrongly described waste, contaminated waste or waste that is not allowed under a U8 exemption should be rejected. For more information please contact the Environment Agency.
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