New Farm Safety Initiative Embraces Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

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A new farm safety initiative involving peer-to-peer mentoring, the Farmers4Safety Managing Risk Together EIP agricultural project, will be launched by Minister Martin Heydon on the Murphy family farm in Kildinan, Co. Cork on Monday 11 April at 11:00am

The Farm Safety EIP Agri project takes a peer-to-peer mentoring approach that studies the behaviors and attitudes of farmers and farm families towards on-farm safety, health and welfare, said Niamh Nolan , project officer.

“It changes the norm for farm safety and emotional well-being so that it becomes a normal and sustainable part of farming culture in Ireland while making the sector safer for those who live, work and visit farms,” she said.

“Using a peer-to-peer mentoring approach, he will effectively engage farmers in the field and be the catalyst for changing social norms surrounding on-farm safety, health and welfare.”

Irish Rural Link (IRL) in partnership with the BRIDE project (Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairying Environment), the Duncannon Blue Flag Farming & Communities Scheme, the New Futures Farming Group and the Health and Safety Authority, are carrying out this pilot project in their areas of catchment.

The majority of deaths and injuries on farms are preventable and this project will highlight the importance of safety, health and welfare on family farms, said Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link.

Seamus Boland, CEO Irish Rural Link.

“The extreme pressures within the agricultural sector have led farmers to experience stress, anxiety, fatigue and financial pressures, which in turn can lead to an incident or death,” he said. declared.

“This Farm Safety EIP AGRI project indicates the importance for farmers to take care of their own health and well-being and to ensure that they do not risk their safety by carrying out work on the farm.”

Irish Rural Link is, said Seamus, delighted to be associated with the project.

“Each year, too many preventable deaths and accidents occur on farms across the country, leaving families devastated and without a livelihood,” he said.

“We hope that the peer-to-peer mentorship and training of this project will help reduce these numbers and ensure that the family farm can become a safer place to work.

There is, Niamh said, extreme pressure on farmers and farm families to keep pace with farming and, in turn, this can cause farmers or farm families to risk their own safety, health and welfare in order to complete their work.

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Niamh Nolan, project manager

“This Farm Safety EIP Agri project engages with farmers and farm families on the ground to change their attitudes and behaviors not only towards safety on farms, but also towards for their own health and well-being,” she said.

Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Martin Heydon, said farmers and their families are the most powerful advocates we have for a culture change in safety, health and well-being at the farm.

“Too often, familiarity can cause farmers to become accustomed to risks on their farms that our families and peers might spot, including signs of health and welfare issues,” Heydon said. .

“I am delighted that my ministry was able to fund this project, as I believe farmers have a tremendous capacity to learn from each other to make their farms safer and improve their health and well-being.

“This Farm Safety EIP Agri project is one of eight pilot projects of innovative approaches to on-farm health, safety and welfare aimed at encouraging a bottom-up approach to behavior change among farmers in terms of farm safety,” continued the Minister.

“Farmers4Safety – Managing risks together The EIP Agri project will have a positive impact on farming families by adopting measures that will prevent health problems, loss of life and injuries on farms.

“It will also highlight a change in attitude of partners and those visiting the farm such as vets, scanners, advisors and AI technicians by changing their behavior towards safety, health and welfare. of the farm.

“We hope these changes in attitudes and behaviors will influence this generation of farmers and the next by integrating farm safety and emotional well-being into their daily routine on the farm.”

Registration for the launch event is now open through Eventbrite.

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