Mairead McGuinness to Officially Open Farm Safety Live at the Tullamore Show

Farm Safety Live organisers, FRS Training, HSA and FBD Insurance are delighted to announce that the event, now in its 5th year, will be officially opened by Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament, at the Tullamore Show on Sunday 12th of August at 11am.

The organisers want all to go home from the show smarter and with at least one farm safety tip to apply on their home farm. Each year the farm safety event brings something different and this year the focus is on giving smarter tips through the live and interactive demonstrations concentrated around the home farm that can be brought home and smartly implemented. The four areas this year will be on centred around Livestock Handling, Quad Bike Operation, Working From Heights, Tractor and PTO Operation.

Regrettably the overall fatality statistics have not been improving with the main culprits stemming from machinery, tractors, vehicles and livestock, with the young and elderly proving to be the main victims.
Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice President of the European Parliament said the number of accidents on farms resulting in deaths and serious injury in Ireland is unacceptably high and said:

“Reports of farm accidents involving children, men and women are all too frequent. What lies behind each statistic is a farming family devastated and left to live with the aftermath on the very family farm where the accident took place. We have to do better and address in a holistic way this scourge of the countryside. I believe that initiatives to improve safety should be part of the next CAP. Farm accidents are not unique to Ireland – the issue is an EU wide problem and we need to learn what is working in other EU member states. We need to wake up to the reality that farms are places of work and like all workplaces with machinery (and additionally farming animals), safety routines and awareness and training are necessary. Farmers must put their health and well-being to the fore and stop and think when undertaking a task on the farm and ask what might go wrong, especially when working alone. I commend all associated with highlighting this critically important issue at the forthcoming Tullamore Show.”

Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector for Agriculture, HSA said, “The fatality and injury stats prove that there is a real problem with how safety is viewed on Irish farms. Safety and health on every farm needs to become integrated into every job and become just how we do things and not an add on or afterthought. There is much talk about smarter farming and we are calling on all farm families who come to the Tullamore show to go away smarter and with safety tips that they can apply at home to improve safety on their farm. Give Priority to 1. Advance Planning 2. Operator Training 3. Manage and Control Machinery & Animal Movement 4. Maintenance Programme & 5. Physical & Mental Health.”
Jim Dockery, Training Manager, FRS Training said, “We realise that farmers and in particular their young and older family members may not actually see the dangers as they go about working or helping out on their home farms each day. This is why each year I see people watching the demonstrations with great interest and see the penny dropping through their facial expressions. They are learning something new that they are not currently doing and we want each person to take at least one tip home and action it. We want each person to go away smarter and hence safer.”

Ciaran Roche, Risk Manager, FBD Insurance said, “Farmers everywhere can join with us to prevent accidents and hopefully save lives by attending events such as Farm Safety Live and by following our Farm Protect initiative. Changing our usual way of doing things can be challenging but because farming is a tough and demanding occupation with plenty of workplace hazards, it’s time to stop taking risks and prevent any unnecessary heartache.”

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FRS training delivering Safe Tractor Driving skills courses nationwide

Farm accidents and fatalities still remain a huge cause for concern and we believe that farming safely and responsibly begins with training our youths.

We have run the FRS Safe Tractor Driving course with many groups of young people, but it should be a course that is ran in every second level school in the country. With the annual fatalities on Irish farms extremely high– farming is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and farm safety education should be part of every school curriculum.

FRS Training has provided a one day safe tractor driving course since 1996 and has trained thousands of teenagers around the country. It is the only one of its kind in the country and is aimed at teenagers (14 to16 yrs.)

25th April 2018 Ballymahon

Students from The Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon completed a Safe Tractor Driving Skills Course. Pictured here with FRS Trainer Kieran McGovern. Gerety Farm Machinery, Ballymahon, Longford sponsored the tractor and trailer for the course.

The purpose of this course is to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out the daily checks for the tractor and to drive and operate tractors with relevant equipment and attachments to the required standard.

The course itself is 1 day long and is available to all schools, once we get a group of 15 students. FRS then arrange all the set up required in their local area in a very short time.

This course is kindly supported by FBD Trust and therefore the cost of the course is only €30 per student.  Anyone interested should contact our office at 0505/31586 or 1890 20 1000 and visit our website where full details of course content is available.

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FRS Milking Course: Perfecting the everyday farmer’s milking skills

The Best Practice in milking course was launched in 2015 and since then has proven to be a great success amongst the farming community throughout Ireland. Hundreds of farmers both experienced and inexperienced have completed the course and benefited from it in some way. The QQI accredited course which is run in conjunction with FRS, Teagasc and AHI is available nationwide for anyone looking to become a milker or to simply improve their skills.

Diarmuid Scannell a farmer from Crookstown in County Cork completed the course September last year in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Diarmuid came across an advertisement for the course online and was intrigued. He wanted to complete the course to see what it had to offer and what he himself could take home from it.

“I don’t have my own farm but I work on a farm and would be always milking. I came across the milking course on the internet and I decided to do the course because I was interested to see what was involved and to see if it would benefit me in the long run.”

Everything Diarmuid learned on the course benefited him in some way especially learning to use both hands when milking.

“What I took away from the course was being able to switch hands for milking and milking with both hands. I never did that before but do it all the time now.”

The way in which the course is divided into practical and theory changes it up but also gives the farmers the theory part along with the hands on experience. Diarmuid found the way in which the course was run to be very efficient:

“The layout of the course and they way in which it is run is A1. The trainer was also great and showed us clearly how everything should be done.”

Diarmuid would definitely recommend the course to all farmers whether they are experienced or inexperienced:]

“I would definitely recommend the course to other farmers. Learning how to milk properly and being able to use both hands when milking was great, I never did this before. We are all milking cows but most of us farmers are not milking cows properly.”

Successful completion of the “Best Practice in Milking Course” will result in a FETAC/QQI level 6 certificate. It involves two days training followed by an assessment and includes practical on farm milking sessions. The course itself is designed to develop the skills of the milker to ensure that all cows are milked effectively and efficiently and reduce preventable waste by improving somatic cell counts (SCC) and better milk quality.

Course are available nationwide. For more information or to book a spot on the course call Pat Reilly on 086 4634155 or visit course.



The heavy duty timber clean up yet to be done after the storms


Following the recent storms in late October, we are now faced with the task of clearing and cutting up fallen trees and branches. This type of work, while not apparent to every farmer, landowner or golf club, is very dangerous and in safety terms it is classed as ‘high risk’ work. High risk demands a high level of safety to manage this work.

This means checking your insurance cover, having proper training and hiring or using what’s called ‘competent people” to do the work.

Getting your neighbour and some locals in to help is not the right thing to do unless you are fully satisfied that they are all trained and competent to use chainsaws and all wear the proper protective clothing.

FRS Training provide various levels of chainsaw training from basic maintenance and cross cutting right up to large felling and also deliver general tree care type of work, such as using pole saws, snedding and dealing with windblows. FRS offer a choice of certification including City & Guilds, Lantra and QQI.

Jim Dockery, FRS Training Manager said, “It is very positive to see that people are taking the required safety steps when it comes to chainsaws and arranging to do the courses. I can appreciate the work that they are facing into and with recent levels of accidents especially on farms I commend them for picking up the phone to us to find out how they can safely tackle the clean-up and safe guard themselves and their workers.”

Jim reports that many golf clubs, estates and stud farms where trees had fallen were very quick off the mark to get their staff trained as they fully realise the dangers of this type of work and have checked with their insurers before they came along and booked the courses.

Jim says; “great care must be taken when cutting up large trees that have fallen, remember they can still be dangerous as they can roll and the stumps can fall back causing serious injury.”

He warns of the particular dangers of dealing with hang ups (one tree caught up in another) as this requires specialised equipment and skills and should not be tackled alone or without proper training.

Following Coillte’s recent exit from chainsaw felling & training services FRS have stepped in to fill customer needs with an expanded course list offering a wide range of certified training to meet this need for customers.

Eugene Doyle, FRS Training said “There are many high-risk hazards associated with the chainsaw and many people take these for granted and have suffered the consequences. Risk of accidents can be greatly reduced by getting proper training to match the task in hand, and wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times. Anyone contemplating felling trees or dealing with windblown trees needs to be fully trained and certified.”

3 Basic Rules of Chainsaw Safety

1- Never saw alone
2- Never saw above shoulder height
3- Never saw without competent training and proper PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Suitable PPE must be provided and worn regardless of the job size in order to protect those parts of the body susceptible to injury. All equipment should conform to the relevant European Standards and be of good working standard and suitable to match the job in hand.

Chainsaw PPE should include:
• Safety Helmet;(combi)
• Safety Boots;
• Chainsaw Gloves;
• Chainsaw Pants.
• Hi Vis Jacket

Find out more
To book a chainsaw course to safeguard yourself and your workers contact Eugene Doyle on 086 8117986 or Linda Crampton on 0505 31578 or visit


FRS Milking Course: Creating Quality Milkers from Beginners

To date, the Best Practice in milking course has proven to be a great success amongst farmers throughout Ireland.  Hundreds of farmers both experienced and inexperienced have completed the course and each one has benefitted from doing it in some way.  The QQI accredited course which is ran in conjunction with FRS, Teagasc and AHI is available nationwide for anyone looking to become a milker or simply improve their skills.


John Anthony O’Brien, a farmer from Westmeath, successfully completed the milking course in July 2015 in Mullingar. John himself has a herd of 105 cows on his farm where he resides with his mother, wife Carmen and two daughters Remy and Pia. He hopes to increase his herd to 120 over the coming years.


Before the milking course, John had little knowledge of milking so decided to do the course in hope of furthering his milking skills and knowledge. He wasn’t left unsatisfied. Completing the course as a new entrant to milking John found he learned a lot and gained great experience.


“I found the whole course and how each part was run and explained to be very good.  I was a new entrant so I had very limited knowledge and experience so I found it really helped me.  It was fantastic.”


Everything John learned in the Milking course was new information to him and coming in as a beginner he found he retained it all and picked things up quite quickly. Every part of it for him was value for money.


“I think the course really is great value.  Every part of the course was new to me, the whole running of the parlour and the set up was great.  The practical milking itself and the whole concept behind a proper milking routine really stuck with me.”


The way the course is divided into practical and theory changes it up but also gives the farmers the information along with the hands on experience.  For John, having the practical side to the course is a bonus.


“I really liked the mix between the theory and the practical but the practical side is always great.  With being told something, things can fly over your head whereas when you are shown something hands on and see it happening in-front of you it really clicks.”


Before doing the milking course, John had no parlour of his own.  After completing the milking course in the Summer of 2015, John began constructing his own milking parlour which he had up and running by January 2016. 


“Before I did the course I didn’t have anything – no milking parlour at all.  I only started the roadways about two months afterwards and I was milking my first cows in the parlour in the January.”


Doing the milking course impacted on how John decided to go about building his milking parlour and the way in which he was going to lay it out.


“The course really did impact on how I would go about my parlour.  Parts of the course really influenced me.  I got a lot of helpful tips during the course from the tutor.  Simple things like row right handed turns, roadways and how a row should be wide enough to get a straight run into and out of your parlour. It all comes down to how cows act and react to their surroundings.”


John wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and encouraging others to do the milking course. 


“I really would recommend the course to others.  For me personally, I knew nothing so it was all new to me.  It was information I needed badly but I think there’s something there for everybody be it an experienced milker or not.”


Although there were people there who had milked all their lives the course does cater for those who are just starting out too.


“There were lads in there who were relief milking all their life and experienced, I think they found it interesting too and learned things that they didn’t previously know.  There was something there for everybody to be honest it really was worthwhile.”


For more information or to book a spot on the course call Pat Reilly on  086 4634155 or visit






TAMS Farm Safety Training

Farm Safety training is now mandatory under the TAMS scheme. It is a requirement of the scheme that all applicants must have completed within the last five years prior to the date of application or the submission of their claim for payment a half day Farm Safety Code of Practice training day.

FRS Training are running these half day courses nationwide for only €40 per person.

 You can book online at here



Article; The Strive To Expand

In 2015, for the first time in over 30 years, farmers can now expand milk production without the hassle of milk quotas. The whole abolition of quota presents great opportunities for dairy farmers to expand. There will be undoubtedly success for many, for others, however, expansion may bring heavier workloads and increased stress without any long term benefits.
The main requirement for the whole expansion process is that it is stainable from all aspects for the business perspective. This basically means, that the business should focus on the accurate conversion of home grown feed to saleable products that are recognised as being of high quality and are safe to consume.
In a lot of cases, expansion is not planned effectively. There is no money in expansion the money only starts to come in once you have expanded. From farm to farm, the amount of investment needed varies. Expansion costs are indeed very individual.
Getting ready for expansion or conversion can be a challenging as well as a rewarding experience, here are the main tips and advice to help you along the way in your expansion:

• Plan your farm with labour efficiency in mind, design sheds, roads, yards, milking parlour and handling facilities with cow and operator comfort and safety in mind and also with the objective of getting the job done quickly.
• Plan your time in advance to make the best use of it and your farm worker’s time. Don’t be afraid to delegate and don’t get over worked as it will do you no favours in the long run.
• Use only skilled, trained, insured staff. FRS can provide this as well as giving you one invoice which is tax deductible. Black market labour can be very costly if the work is not carried out correctly, it can also end up costing you more if you compare to the net cost of using FRS (including for tax deductibility).
• Make a plan for your record-keeping, don’t let paperwork get on top of you or keep you from the important business of farming. Check out Herdwatch our new software and app for herd management to make your paperwork and compliance recording more efficient. It saves farmers up to four hours per week on paperwork. for more information.
• Evaluate your own training needs – enrol in the FRS/AHI/Teagasc, Best Practice in Milking Course – it should improve your routine and milk quality. It will also gain you a FETAC Level 6 Certificate. Identify any other training needs you may have and get your-self upskilled eg. financial, time management, chainsaw safety, spraying operations, Quad bike etc. Check out for specialised agricultural and business courses.
• Protect your livelihood by planning for unforeseen circumstances such as accident or illness. Join the FRS Membership Benefit Scheme which gives you the peace of mind that your farm will be looked after if you are unable to work. Visit for further details.
• Make sure your farm is a safe and comfortable working environment. Are there any areas which could be made safer or more efficient? Complete or update your safety statement and check out farm safety courses available through
• FRS can help you to plan for expansion, call us for confidential, no-obligation free advice. We can tailor packages to suit your farm needs.
Realistically sustainable expansion has three main aims: Firstly, It should be profitable for the farmer. Secondly, it should look after the environment and thirdly it should improve the lifestyle of the farmer over all. It is already evident since the abolition of milk quotas that there is going to be a significant increase in milk production over the coming years.
If you are looking for any expansion tips or advice do not hesitate to contact FRS on (0505) 22100 or visit our website

Article: Proper Milking Routine – Less Strain, More Efficiency

Last year proved to be a great success for the Best Practice in Milking course with, 400 farmers having completed the course and upskilling their milking practices nationwide. The course which is in conjunction with FRS, Teagasc and AHI is well underway this year, with great interest being shown once again.
Martin Davin, a farmer from Eglish in Rathdowney County Laois, successfully completed the Milking Course last year. Martin himself admitted that prior to completing the milking course, he suffered constant strain to his shoulders and wrists due to the style of milking he had adopted over the years.
“Before completing the milking course I always had pain in my shoulders and wrists from the way I was milking. Now my shoulders and wrists don’t get sore anymore. Once you have done the course, you start milking the way it should be done” said Martin.
For Martin, the course opened his eyes to how a proper milking routine should be carried out. Even though it takes a couple of weeks to adjust to the new milking routine, he found he got very use to it and clearly sees how well it works.
One of the benefits of the actual milking routine would be the fact that I can milk each row with alternative hands now. It’s a huge benefit.” said Martin.
The course shows farmers how to make life easier by learning how to milk effectively and efficiently. Martin was completely satisfied with how the course went for him and how he adapted it so well on his own farm.
“The biggest thing I got out of the milking course was the whole milking routine, learning how to milk the cows and the proper way to do it. Also keeping your area clean and yourself clean is vital, even down to wearing gloves at all times. It’s all hugely important. For me, a proper milking routine is very important because you will be doing it for 20 or 30 years of your life. If you don’t have it at the start get it and pass it on.” said Martin.
Having seen the difference between how he once milked in comparison to now, Martin has seen all the benefits and could recommends others to do the milking course.
“The practical side of milking is great, there’s so much to learn if you want to learn, if you don’t want to learn then you never will”.

The training is designed to make life that little bit easier for the farmer. Putting less strain on both the Farmer’s life and Body. From start to finish the milking routine has an important bearing on the efficient and hygienic removal of milk from the udder. The course itself is designed to develop the skills of the milker to ensure that all cows are milked effectively and efficiently and reduce preventable waste by producing lower somatic cell counts (SCC) and better milk quality.
“The importance of routine cannot be over emphasised. Cows are creatures of habit and the more you can make each day exactly the same as the previous day the more relaxed and productive they’ll be. So, good milking technique begins by following a predictable routine.” (Teagasc)
The Milking course teaches the components of an efficient milking process or routine, which are:
• Preparation for Milking
• Parlour Preparation
• Row filling
• Preparation in batches and maximising milk let down
• Cluster attachment
• Cluster removal
• Teat disinfection
• Row exit
• Parlour hose down
When employing an efficient milking routine, milkers can achieve somatic cell count (SCC) and total bacterial count (TBC) levels of less than 100,000 and less than 10,000 cells per ml respectively and milking row times of less than 9 minutes. (Teagasc)
From the farmers who have completed the course, it is obvious that one of the main problems that constantly arise from farmers milking habits is strain. Due to habits which have developed over their years of milking, farmers complain of suffering with back pain, shoulder pain and wrist pain.
Successful completion of the ‘Best Practice in Milking Course’ results in a FETAC/QQI level 6 certificate. Martin along with all those who completed the course will be receiving their certificates of completion at the end of August. The course involves two days training followed by an assessment and includes practical on-farm milking sessions.
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Farm Safety Starts with Our Youths

The FRS “Safe Tractor Driving Programme” is the only one of its kind in the country and is aimed at teenagers (14 to 16 yrs.)

FRS Safe Tractor Driving Skills

A large group of 23 Students from Thurles CBS at the FRS Teenage Safe Tractor Driving Course

Action to Reduce Child Fatalities

The Safe Tractor Driving Course was set up by FRS in 1996 following a large number of fatal accidents in Agriculture and in particular with children under the age of 16 years. One of the worst years ever recorded in Ireland was 1991, when a total of 13 children lost their lives to farm accidents. We, at FRS, decided we needed to do take action and when we analysed the accidents it quickly became clear that the tractor was the main cause of accidents with Teenagers.

This was the start of the “The Skills to Survive” programme and we estimate that FRS has trained approximately 8,000 Teenagers on this one day programme since it was set up in 1996.

Farm accidents and fatalities still remain a huge cause for concern and we believe that farming safely and responsibly begins with training our youths.


Working through Parents and Schools

Very often Mothers contact the office who have heard about our programme or saw it on the TV series Ear to the Ground (go to to view this TV footage) and want their son or daughter trained on tractor safety.

We make contact with secondary schools through the Principals or very often the Agricultural Science teachers and ask them to come on board and help source students for the training.

We have run the FRS Safe Tractor Driving course with many groups of young people, but it should be a course that is ran in every second level school in the country. With the annual fatalities on Irish farms over 20 – farming is the most dangerous occupation in Ireland and farm safety education should be part of every school curriculum.

We invite guardians, parents and schools to take action and contact us to arrange a course.


FRS SafeTractor Driving Course

The main focus of the course is teaching the teenagers how to operate and drive a tractor safely, with practical instruction being a key component of the training.

Tractors nowadays have become increasingly larger in size and faster in speed so they can pull heavier and bigger loads and as a result they may be more dangerous to inexperienced drivers.

The vast majority of fatal Farm accidents occur when using a tractor on its own firstly and secondly when attaching or using it with other implements.

I am fully convinced that teaching the correct safety procedures to young people is essential to making them safer on farms when operating tractors and other machinery. Farm safety starts with our youths and instils an ethos and awareness of farm safety that they will bring with them through their farming careers.

The theory element of the course takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes and is followed by a practical driving session by every teenager , where the skills taught in the class room are practiced in a real driving scenario.

These courses are generously supported by FBD which is a huge help in keeping the cost down so that the course is affordable to Teenagers.


Available to all Schools and Students

I would like all schools and parents to know that this course is available to them. Once we get a group of 15 students we can then arrange the course in their local area in a very short amount of time.

While the majority of students on the course tend to be male we often had a number of female participants and strongly encourage girls to take part. The course is open to all students from both Farming and Non-Farming backgrounds. It is common in rural Ireland that many friends and relatives from non- farming families visit farms and should be safety aware. Driving experience is not necessary to take part as students will be shown safe practices from the start.

The cost per person is €30 and anyone interested should contact our office at 0505/31588 or 1890 20 1000 and visit our website where full details of course content is available and footage from Ear to the Ground. Come and ‘like’ our facebook page ( to keep informed on FRS training courses.

Farm Safety Inspections – What to Expect

Farm safety has been high on the agenda of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) over the past 3 years with the increased surge in fatal accidents on farms. At FRS we believe that farm safety training is vital to help farms get the training they need to keep their farms safe. There were 22 fatal accidents on Irish farms in 2010 and a further 22 in 2011.

The H.S.A has responsibility for all work areas in society including construction, pharmaceutical, education, health, Mining & Quarrying etc., but it is clear to see that farm safety is of top priority.

Advice or Enforcement

As farmers we should be prepared for an increased number of inspections on farms for 2012. The H.S.A. has a dual purpose – on the one hand the H.S.A are there to advise, help and assist farmers with information on how to comply, but on the other are tasked to enforce the legislation. The Authority are  taking the lead on reducing farm accidents, but this can only be achieved with assistance from all the farm organisations playing their role and if significant improvements are not made enforcement may be the only alternative.

FRS Training have played an active part in the H.S.A Farm Safety Partnership and are on the recommended list of training providers. As chairman of the livestock committee sub group we have produced important documents for farmers and were involved in the production the H.S.A Safe livestock handing DVD.

Farm Safety Inspections

  • Official inspections can only be carried by H.S.A Inspectors, who will produce ID on arrival
  • Inspections consist of a discussion with the farmer and a walk around the farm yard and  further discussions on issues raised
  • Inspectors will look at the main areas on farms that cause accidents based on statistical findings
  • In total there are possibly 15/16 areas inspectors concentrate on
    • Areas such as; Machinery, Tractors, Slurry, Livestock facilities, Silos, Workshop, Electrical, Chemicals, Chainsaws, Employed labour, Safety Statement, Risk Assessment, Child Safety, Bulls – to name a few
  • They may focus on a  particular area over others
  • Inspectors  want to see that the farmer is making a good attempt to have things right
  • They may issue various notices or directions, such as an Improvement Direction, Improvement Notice, and Prohibition Notice as required
  • Depending on the risk associated with the particular area a farmer may be given some time to fix, replace, guard or get rid of a particular item or structure on the farm
  • If something is deemed by an inspector to be ‘high risk’ then the farmer must act immediately on their instruction

Will I get notice of the visit?

Farm safety inspections are unannounced and can be take place any time during normal working hours (in certain circumstances when there is a high risk they may visit outside normal hours eg in construction or manufacturing where night shifts are in operation etc).

What can I do to be prepared?

Usually inspectors will ask for your completed Risk Assessment or Safety Statement document once they enter the farm so be prepared.

  • Get your Risk Assessment completed (FRS can help you with this)
  • You can complete your Risk Assessment on line if you wish ( Contact FRS Training for assistance with this)
  • Take a walk around your farm and write down the things that need attention and attend to them
  • Get your PTO covers guarded
  • Ensure all gates are hanging properly
  • Have a look at your livestock handling facilities – ie crush, calving pens, bull pen etc. to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose
  • Give your yard a good tidy up – most farmyards needs this at regular intervals. (FRS – Farm Relief Services offer this service if time is an issue)
  • Make sure all manholes and tank openings are well guarded
  • Look at your yard through the eyes of a child, look at things from their eye level and ask yourself – Is my farm safe for children? Are there ladders, bales of hay, items left standing by the wall, open manholes, possible access to the cattle sheds or chemicals?

Should I be worried about a farm Safety Inspection?

It’s fair to say that no farmer likes inspections of any sort as usually it means something will be picked up and there may be consequences.

However, Farm Safety Inspections should be viewed in a positive way, as a second set of eyes assessing the safety on your farm and better still trained eyes. After all the farm is often a place of work and the family home,  which  means there may be spouses, children and older family members who may be at risk on a daily basis, and this commands extra awareness.

‘Farming is the only workplace in Ireland where children are allowed into a work area.’

In my experience Health & Safety Inspectors are there to advise you on where you need to improve, they are very reasonable and practical people specially trained in their area of work, but they have a serious job to do and do correctly as their work may hinge on life or death situations so they will have to do what it takes to do their effectively.

Don’t be worried, but do prepare and get FRS Training to help if you are unsure about what you need to do.

Relevant Training

FRS Training can provide all the relevant information you need to know about how to prepare for safety inspections and are a reputable and recognised course provider. We assist farmers in completing Risk Assessment Documents and can help complete your Safety Statement. Check out our free health & safety information & advice section on our website –

We provide a wide range of training courses – from business management to the practical training courses on tractors, ATV Quad bikes, chainsaws and chemical handling. Courses can be tailored to individual needs or to a group.

Talk to us today on 1890 20 1000 or visit for a full list of FRS Training Courses.