The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, places a legal duty on employers to prepare and work to a safety statement, However, farmers with 3 or less employees will be able to fulfil their statutory duty under the 2005 Act simply by completing a Risk Assessment Document.
At the end of 2006, some 160,000 copies of the HSA Agriculture Code of Practice were dispatched to farmers. The Code of Practice consists of three documents:
- Code of Practice for Preventing Injury and Occupational Ill Health in Agriculture
- Risk Assessment Document
- Safe System of Work Plan
Farm Safety on-line Risk Assessment System
This system allows farmers to complete their farm safety statements on-line in a user friendly fashion. By using this system farmers can keep their risk assessment statements up to date.