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Legal Requirement

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:

  1. Code of Practice for Preventing Injury and Occupational Ill Health in Agriculture
  2. Risk Assessment Document
  3. 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.

 www.farmsafely.com

Further Information

Health and Safety Authority Legal Page

Teagasc Legal Page

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005