Members of the Farm Safety Partnership
- Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI)
- Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
- Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)
- Farm Safety Foundation (FSF)
- NFU Mutual (NFUM)
- Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster (YFCU)
- Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association (NIAPA).
The partnership is chaired by Bryan Monson, deputy chief executive of HSENI.
'Stop and Think SAFE'
Through its multi-media farm safety campaign, 'Stop and Think SAFE', the partnership advises farmers to stop and think about the four main farm hazards: slurry, animals, falls and equipment (SAFE).
FSP action plans
The aim of the partnership is to increase awareness of farm safety and to reduce work related fatalities and injuries on farms. The partnership advises farmers to stop and think about the four main farm hazards, slurry, animals, falls and equipment (SAFE).
The fourth Farm Safety Action Plan covers the period from April 2020 to March 2023. This plan sets out a range of actions, some new and some carried over from the previous plan which are designed to reduce the number of incidents and improve the health and safety of those involved in farming in Northern Ireland.
The third Farm Safety Partnership Action Plan was launched in September 2017 and covers the period from April 2017 to March 2020. This plan promotes the need for farmers and their families to stay vigilant and take those next steps towards safer farms and working practices. Additionally this plan aims to actively address issues which cause serious non-fatal incidents and common causes of work related ill health as well as reducing their effects within the sector.
The second Farm Safety Partnership Action Plan was launched in April 2014 and covers the period from April 2014 to March 2017. It is intended to reflect both the current and ongoing efforts of all the partners. In addition, it identifies new areas for action to ensure a sustainable foundation for a safety first culture.
- Farm Safety Partnership Action Plan - April 2014 to March 2017: Taking the next steps to safer farms
The FSP's first detailed 18-month plan to tackle farm safety in Northern Ireland was launched in November 2012. It identified areas for action and covered the period from November 2012 to March 2014.
The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) was launched in May 2012 by Health and Safety Minister, Arlene Foster and Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill.
Northern Ireland Farm Safety Partnership surveys 2015 & 2019
The Farm Safety Surveys aimed to enhance the statistical evidence base available to the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), and all associated stakeholders with an interest in reducing the number and prevalence of farm accidents in Northern Ireland (NI).
Results and key findings for the 2015 and 2019 surveys can be viewed at the link below:
FarmSafeNet is an online learning tool designed to raise awareness about Farm Safety and is part of a suite of activities developed by the industry led Farm Safety Partnership. By participating in FarmSafe activities on the FARMSAFENet website you can demonstrate your commitment to farm safety.
On completion of each module (FarmSAFE awareness and Making it Safer) you will receive a certificate for each course which you will be advised to retain for future reference. You will be able to use this as evidence to support your commitment to farm safety when accessing DAERA services or schemes. To access the FarmSAFENet website click on the following link:
- Agriculture and the Public Roads
- Emergency contact numbers for the farming community
- Farm Families Health Checks Programme - Public Health Agency
- Farm Safety Foundation website - yellowwellies.org
- Northern Ireland Farm Safety Partnership surveys 2015 & 2019
- Rural Support website
- The Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (HSW Order) - legislation.gov.uk
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 - legislation.gov.uk
- The Agriculture (Safety of Children and Young Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 - legislation.gov.uk
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 - legislation.gov.uk
Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed.