Safer

INTRODUCTION

Making it SAFEr
Did you know the farming sector has a poor safety record with 29 work-related fatalities between 2007 and 2012 Over the course of the last Farm safety Action plan over 3000 farmers attended training events Farmers are now taking positive actions to make farms safer.

This is your opportunity to review the way you work and make that step towards safer farm practices. It is aimed at protecting yourself, others who live on, work on, or visit the farm from accidents relating to the key risk areas of Slurry Animals Falls and Equipment (SAFE)

It is recommended that your refer to our Resources section

Please note that you should not hit the back button on your browser or close it until finished or you will have to restart creating your action plan. Your progress will be lost.

The exercise will take 10-15 minutes

If you intend to save your Making it Safer certificate to use as part of a Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital application, you should complete this risk assessment on a computer and not a mobile device

Start Creating Your Making It Safer Risk Assessment
Animals
Did you know 1 in 5 incidents involved working with animals? (If you do not have large livestock move to the next section)

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More InfoAre pens, crush(s) and other handling facilities are in place and allow safe animal handling?

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More InfoCan gates on crushes and handling areas be securely closed?

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More InfoAre people handling livestock, especially a bull, competent and fit?

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More InfoAre signs warning of the presence of bulls displayed to warn members of the public?

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Are aggressive animals culled?

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More InfoIs a vehicle used when herding if a bull is running with the cows?

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Is fencing (Field Boundaries) adequate and appropriate for the stock?

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More InfoAre your facilities for loading and unloading of animals adequate?

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More InfoDo you have a calving gate or other appropriate facility available for calving cows?

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More InfoDo you have a pen which prevents direct contact with the bull is provided when the bull is housed?

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More InfoAre bulls ringed and when outdoors the bull has a chain attached to the ring?

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More InfoAre all visible defects to livestock facilities identified?

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Equipment
Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 incidents involved working with equipment? (If you do not have any equipment, tractors or machinery please move to the next section

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Are PTO guards and other safety devices present on all tractors, machinery and fixed equipment?

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More InfoIs a 'Safe Stop' procedure is practiced before attempting to free any machine blockage

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Are all Vehicles and Machinery controls, brakes, lights, hydraulic hoses etc in good operating condition?

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Do you ensure that children under the age of 13 are not permitted to drive or ride on tractors and Machinery?

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Do you ensure adult passengers are not carried on tractors and machines unless they are designed to accommodate them?

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Do you ensure loads are not transported until they are stable and well secured?

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Is routine maintenance carried out and all machinery defects are identified and listed?

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Are all Machinery and Vehicles operated correctly by competent operators?

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Is correct Personal Protective Equipment available and used as required?

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Falls
Did you know nearly 1 in 3 incidents involved falls and slips?

the lawFarmyard and Buildings that are in place

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Is a safe means of access to Heights used (stairs, work platform)?

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Is roof work only undertaken with a proper roof ladder / crawling boards?

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Are farmyard and other surfaces are tidy and in good repair?

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Are farm buildings tidy and in good repair?

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Are safety rails or nets in place where there is the possibility of a fall from height?

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Slurry
Did you know nearly 1 in 5 incidents involve working with slurry? (If there are no slurry, water tanks or sheep dip facilities on your farm please move to the next section)

Farm Buildings and Storage Facilities

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Are open slurry lagoons/water tanks/sheep dips covered or fenced to a minimum height of 1.4m and secured to prevent access?

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Is slurry agitation in buildings only undertaken when conditions are suitable (breezy), where there is adequate ventilation and when livestock have been evacuated?

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When slurry agitation commences, are people evacuated from the building and do not return for at least 30 minutes?

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During slurry agitation , are open access points are guarded?

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Are Safety gang slats (or equivalent) used on all slatted slurry tanks where appropriate?

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Are Manhole covers replaced directly after slurry operations are completed?

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