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  Page 1 of 79 Health and Safety Executive HSG270 (Second edition, published 2013)   You can buy the book at and most bookshops. ISBN 978 0 7176 6579 2  This book provides guidance that is relevant to everyone working on farms: employers, employees and the self-employed. It will help you achieve good standards of health and safety, and reduce injuries and ill health by identifying causes, eliminating hazards and controlling risks. It covers the management of health and safety – principally for those responsible for running the farming or horticultural business – as well as outlining the specific risks of working in your industry and giving you easy-to-follow, practical advice to keep you safe and healthy at work. Farmwise  Your essential guide to health and safety in agriculture This is a web-friendly version of booklet HSG270, published 07/13  Health and Safety Executive Farmwise: Your essential guide to health and safety in agriculture Page 2 of 79 © Crown copyright 2013 First edition 2012Second edition 2013ISBN 978 0 7176 6579 2 You may reuse this information (excluding logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view the licence visit, write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email images and illustrations may not be owned by the Crown so cannot be reproduced without permission of the copyright owner. Enquiries should be sent to This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specically stated, and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance.  Acknowledgements  Thanks to the following organisations for their help in providing images: AGCO LimitedCLAAS (UK) LimitedCollinson plcHereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service  Health and Safety Executive Page 3 of 79 Contents Foreword 4 Introduction 5  Managing health and safety 61 Benefits of preventing incidents 6 2 Organising for health and safety 8 3 Risk assessment 10 4 Consulting employees 12 5 Contractors and family workers 14 6 Training and skills 18 7 First aid, emergencies and reporting 20  Safety 238 Preventing falls 239 Building work 29 10 Workplace transport 31 11 Selecting and using work equipment 36 12 Maintenance work 3913 Workplace safety and welfare 42 14 Electricity 45 15 Child and public safety 4816 Handling livestock 52 17 Chainsaws and tree work 54 Staying healthy 5918 COSHH and health 59 19 Health problems in agriculture 6120 Pesticides and veterinary medicines 6521 Manual handling 68 22 Noise and vibration 72 23 Personal protective equipment (PPE) 75  Agriculture news  78 Agriculture eBulletins 78 Agriculture RSS newsfeed 78 Further information 79  Health and Safety Executive Farmwise: Your essential guide to health and safety in agriculture Foreword  Page 4 of 79 Foreword  Since Farmwise  was first produced, in 1992, it has reached a wide audience in the agricultural industry. This latest edition continues to provide practical advice and guidance to help you achieve good standards of health and safety – and reduce injuries and ill health.  The persistently high rates of fatal incidents and work-related ill health in the industry are of real concern to HSE, the representative industry bodies and many farmers. HSE is continually working to use new technologies and innovative methods of communication to improve, target and deliver key health and safety messages and guidance to those working in the industry. Injuries and illness can ruin lives and businesses. Solutions are often simple and cheap and the people best placed to make farms safer are farmers and their employees. Health and safety is a fundamental requirement of a sustainable farming business and should be regarded as an essential part of farm business management. Unwise risk-taking is an underlying problem in the industry and those working on their own are especially vulnerable. I hope you find the time to read the sections relevant to you, your business or your place of work. HSE’s efforts alone will not build a safer and healthier industry. It is for everyone in agriculture and the wider food chain to play their part. I hope this booklet encourages you to tackle health and safety in your workplace today and in the future. Graeme Walker Head of the Agriculture and Food Sector Health and Safety Executive

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