Friday 19 October 2018
This year’s National Farm Safety and Health Conference is set to be held at the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow on Friday October 26th. The conference is set to start at 9am and will finish up around 1:10pm. The whole subject of the conference will be aimed at anyone who has an interest in making farm safety and health known amongst farmers known.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in association with Teagasc and the Farm Safety Partnership are set to host the event and the event itself will be hosted by FBD Trust.
Attendance is free of charge and the event is a Department of Agriculture Food and Marine approved Knowledge Transfer Sheep, Beef, Dairy and Tillage Event.
Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority Dr Sharon McGuinness will welcome participants and Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, will give the opening address.
The first part of the day will be chaired by IFA President, Joe Healy and will include national and international speakers. Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle will speak on future trends in Irish agriculture and associated farm safety challenges.
Swedish expert on work science, Professor Peter Lundqvist will outline strategies to improve farm safety across the EU and the work of the EU farm safety co-operation network (EU COST Action).
IFA National Safety Executive, William Shortall will speak about plans to engage farmers with safety.
The second part the conference will be chaired by ICMSA President, Pat McCormack. In this session, Professor Jim Kinsella, Head of Agribusiness and Rural Development at UCD will describe the findings of research into health and safety in dairy Discussion Groups.
Arthur Byrne, ESB Networks will speak about electrical dangers in farming and the FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2018 will give his views on the essentials of good farming.
The final session will be a Panel discussion chaired by Denis Duggan, CEO of Macra Na Feirme. This session will be open to all participants and will be focused strategies to influence e farmers to take practical action to improve safety at farm level.
Booking should be made by contacting Teagasc Oak Park at 059-9170200.