Warwickshire Rural Hub
Health and Safety
Farmers can request coronavirus test on new government website
All farmers in England and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus are now be able to get tested via the new government website. Testing has been extended to all essential workers in the country, which includes those involved in food production and processing, as well as vets. Essential workers can book an appointment on the government’s website, and then choose to visit one of more than 30 drive-through testing sites, or receive a home testing kit.
Due to exceptional demand on Friday 24 April the website was temporarily closed. It will now reopen on Saturday 25 April.
Warwickshire CC Shielding Hubs for those vulnerable to COVID-19
Warwickshire County Council’s newly established Shielding Hubs are now live. If you have been notified as being particularly vulnerable to #Covid19 and need to isolate for 12 weeks but do not have any local support, you can call them on their dedicated number – 0800 408 1447
Call for personal protective equipment supplies
To limit the spread of Covid19, Warwickshire County Council is working to ensure a regular supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to those in need. If you have any spare FFP2 face masks and other PPE, please contact CV19PPE@warwickshire.gov.uk. The council will distribute the equipment to health and care staff working to support the vulnerable in Warwickshire.
Farming Help providing support for farmers affected by COVID-19
The Farming Help Charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund – are working together to support the Farming Community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. This initiative is in conjunction with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The National Farmers’ Union, and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.
New FCN booklet “Fit for Farming” for women’s health
Farming Community Network has launched a brand new booklet to help women farmers look after their wellbeing. The booklet, titled “Fit For Farming – Women’s Health Made Easy”, is a female-friendly version of the original “Fit For Farming” booklet. This new booklet is full of useful advice and guidance about how women can look after their mental and physical health. For further information please visit this page. Copies of the booklet will also be available at the Rural Hub “Fit for Farming” events being held at Rugby Livestock Mart, Stratford Livestock Market and other locations during 2020. Visit this page for further information.
Cocidiosis disease warning following wet weather
Farmers have been urged to look out for signs of coccidiosis in lambs as the recent wet weather conditions could increase the risk of the disease. Coccidiosis is spread entirely through environmental contamination, which is majorly affected by weather conditions, warns NADIS. Clinical signs of severe, bloody diarrhoea and straining can be highly suggestive of coccidiosis, but the disease should be confirmed. Cold, wet and windy conditions can increase the stress associated with turnout, making lambs more vulnerable to developing disease.
Coventry Corsairs Rugby Club
Coventry Corsairs is Coventry’s first fully inclusive Rugby Club. They train at Coventrians in Holbrooks on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm. All ages and abilities and anyone with a love of rugby are welcome. For contact details please visit this page.
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.
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.
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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