Farm Safety


Intended for farmers who wish to learn about Health and Safety and complete the Farm Safety Code of Practice - Risk Assessment document. It addresses the main areas of farm hazards and offers advice on solutions and control measures.


Designed for all farmers. This course is designed to give a practical approach to improving safety on the farm. Course is suitable for anyone who works on a farm.


- Introduction & Housekeeping

- Aims & Objectives

- Background to Farm Safety

  •     Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment / Workplace Hazards

  •     Reasons for Health and Safety

- Work Safety legislation and duty of care on the farmer

  •     Duties of Employers

  •     Duties of Employees

- Accident / Incident Statistics

  •     Trends in Farm Deaths

  •     2010 Farming & Forestry Fatalities by Incident Cause

  •     Non-Fatal Accidents

  •     The Causes of Accidents

  •     Consequences of Injury and Ill Health

  •     Safety Culture

- Guidance to Completion of Farm Safety Risk Assessment Document

  •     Farm Safety Code of Practice

  •     Risk Assessment Document

  •     Children on Farms

  •     Older Farmers

- Tractors, Farm Vehicles and ATV'S

  •     Safe use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

  •     Tractors

- Livestock

  •     Loading and Unloading

  •     Animal Behaviour

  •     Fear responses

- Farmyard and Building Safety

  •     Workshop / repairs

  •     Portable and fixed equipment

  •     Chainsaws

  •     Electricity

  •     Chemical

- Health of farmers

  •     Personal health

  •     Biohazards from Slurry, Cattle Waste and Mouldy Feeds and Bedding

  •     Personal Protective Equipment

  •     Manual handling

Safety Signs on Farms

  •     Types of signs - colours and shapes

- Competence and Training

- Reporting of Accidents

- Safe System of Work Plan


Learners who attend this module will:

  • Gain an insight into farm health and safety

  • Receive an understand of the principles of farm health and safety

  • Guidance to completion of Risk Assessment Document

Delivery Method

  • Classroom training

  • Powerpoint Presentation

  • Samples of Personal Protective Equipment

  • Whiteboard - Illustrations

  • Videos

  • Practical demonstrations

  • Discussions


1 Day (½ day courses can also be arranged)


Full Safetech certification of attendance is provided on successful completion of this course.

Max. No. Participants


Please note it is advised for all participants to bring their own Farm Safety Code of Practice - Risk Assessment Document as this can be completed during the course.

Funding Available


If you are unemployed and seeking work, you may be eligible for funding from the Department of Social Protection to cover all, or some of the costs of your training. (means depending, you may be entitled to up to €1000).

Candidates who wish to avail of this must make an appointment with a case officer in their local Intreo office, discuss their case & apply for funding. The candidate will receive a funding application form which they must sign & bring/post to us. Upon completion, we will send this back to the case officer who will then review the funding application.

Upon receiving funding approval in the post from the Department of Social Protection, candidates must then call us to reserve a place on our course. We cannot confirm a place on our course until funding approval is gained.


If employed within the private sector or are a sole trader, there may also be funding assistance available through Skillnet funding. Skillnet may fund a percentage of your training, if eligible. For more details on this, please contact us on 074 91 27786.