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Protecting Children On North Yorkshire's Farms

Cowhouse - Beadlam Grange Farm

6:41am 12th July 2013

As the school holidays approach, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding farmers in the region of steps they can take to keep children safe on their farms. 

HSE has revised and improved guidance aimed at reducing child deaths on farms and providing essential information on keeping children safe.

John Rowe, HSE’s Head of Operations in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“The agriculture industry is unique, as it is the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. HSE is committed to improving the quality and clarity of our guidance, and we believe this revised publication is easier to follow.

“Farms are workplaces, but unique workplaces as they are also homes. Many children and young people live on, work at or visit farms – particularly at this time of year – and whilst we want them to develop a love of farming and the countryside, it must be done safely.

“There are farms in all parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, but the industry is concentrated particularly in North and East Yorkshire. In our region, HSE has organised ‘Safety and Health Awareness Days” specifically for the farming community,  which are very popular.  There is one coming up this month in Selby and another two scheduled for Thirsk and Scarborough.

“Farmers are invited to come along and they learn – from other farmers – about safe working practices and benefit from some very practical training and advice from their peers.”

The leaflet contains practical advice and guidance on how to comply with the law in a simple and clearer format. It can be downloaded free from the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg472.pdf  

The leaflet covers both employed and non-employed young people and provides practical advice on how to reduce the risk of accidents to children and young people on farms. It highlights the situations where accidents are most likely to happen, and describes practical steps which can be taken to prevent them.  It also gives helpful advice on how to comply with the law.

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