The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland will soon begin its next round of agricultural contractor advisory visits to focus on how health and safety are currently managed.
Since 2017, the HSENI has had an ongoing engagement with agricultural contractors to raise the profile of health and safety in their work.
The visits, according to the HSENI, focus on how health and safety is currently managed as well as highlighting where changes (if any) are required to meet the minimum standard required by law and most importantly, to keep everyone safe.
To date, its advisers have visited over thirty agricultural contractors as part of this programme. One of the contractors, DJ McKay & Son from Co. Antrim said following a visit: “I found the HSENI advisory visit very useful.”
“It has helped our business greatly and I would encourage all agricultural contractors to make use of this service.”
Urging Agriculture Contractors to make safety a priority, Malcolm Downey, Principal Inspector with the Agri-food team said: “Our advisers intend to carry out more visits over the coming months.”
“I would strongly advise you to take up the opportunity to avail of this free and confidential advice as it will be of significant benefit to your business.”
“You should also be aware that HSENI Inspectors intend to carry out a programme to inspect those agricultural contractors who do not avail of an advisory visit.”
The HSENI said that its advisers will be in contact with agricultural contractors in the “near future” to offer a visit.
If you are an agricultural contractor, and would like to make a specific appointment to arrange a visit for a date/time which is convenient for you, contact Deirdre Goan on: 028 8224 759 or e-mail - email@example.com.