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Understanding Farm Health & Safety

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31 July 2020

In all we do at Harper, we are committed to teaching and maintaining health and safety standards to make sure our students go out into the workplace prepared to safely handle any situations they may encounter. As Yellow Wellies Farm Health & Safety Week 2020 highlighted, many fatal accidents on farms or surrounding rural areas could be avoided with better education on safety and with an increased understanding of both mental and physical health. We are keen to learn and promote the latest trading standards to help all members of our community be safe and healthy at work.

As a result, we offer specific short courses in health and safety to help those looking to brush up on their knowledge or be equipped with a new skill set. From maintaining a healthy environment, to understanding food safety, there are lots of ways to learn about health and safety at all points of the industry food chain.

One of the short courses focuses on Health and Safety on farms, designed to help employees and contractors working on farms and agricultural premises to understand the risks and control measures required. Taught by TWR Training Director Jonathan Spibey, he spoke about the importance of courses like this, saying: “Attending a Lantra Health and Safety course enables employers and employees to have a better understanding of the health and safety provision in the workplace. If they have an understanding of what is expected then the fatality rate in Agriculture could be  reduced. Accidents and fatalities are often caused by silly errors of judgement or poor organising.

“Attending a one day Health and Safety course addresses these issues. It’s done with a serious but light hearted delivery - sharing true stories that I have been witness to - and are used to give a better understanding of the seriousness of Health and Safety.”

Including working at height, manual handling, electricity, agricultural vehicles, tractor safe stop, livestock and diseases, there’s plenty to be learnt from such a course.

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place for many people, the short course has been updated to allow for online delivery, meaning you can still gain new knowledge from home. For further information about the short course, please click here.

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