Published onMarch 20 2020
With protection from COVID-19 a priority for the whole of society at the moment and schools closing for the forseeable future, the HSE Northern Ireland are asking us not to forget those rudimentary health and safety issues that should always be front of mind.
With the schools off, children and young adults will spend longer periods on their farm and we need to ensure children are aware, more than ever, about the dangers they could face whilst on the farm. We also need to ensure that children are being entertained and educated as far as possible and with that, the HSENI website may be able to help.
Primary School children undertake part of the curriculum which is entitled “the world around us” and farm safety could be one component of this. They have a wealth of information and guidance on child safety on their website, please click here to access this guidance and resources.
There are muliple resources available for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 children, their parents and teachers. Some resources include colouring pages, word searches, their video’s “Dangerous Playground” aimed at children aged 4 to 8 years old and “Farm Safe” aimed at children aged 8 to 11 and guidance booklets developed and aimed specifically at children.
There is also a farm safety app “Farm Secure” which can be downloaded to a mobile phone or other mobile device, this can be retrieved via the link above.
Another great resource is the Farm Safety Foundation - Guide for Students, which can be downloaded via the button below. Topics covered include working with machinery, transport, livestock, overhead power lines and at heights.