The slurry spreading season is now officially underway, with the last of the closed zones having their ban lifted on February 1st, south of the border.
With that in mind and with the slurry ban now lifted up north, the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) have reminded farmers of the dangers associated with mixing and spreading slurry, whilst also urging them to follow the slurry mixing code.
Are you following the mixing code and taking the necessary precautions? Find out below!
The Slurry Mixing Code -
1) Keep children away from the area at all times, when working with slurry.
2) If possible, only mix slurry on a windy day.
3) Always open all doors and windows prior to mixing.
4) Take all animals out of the building before starting to mix slurry.
5) Use outside mixing points first.
6) If slats are removed, cover exposed areas of the tank beside the pump/mixer to stop anything such as an animal or yourself from falling in.
7) Start the pump/mixer – then get out and STAY OUT of the building for as long as possible. The minimum recommendation is at least 30 minutes.
8) Any time you have to go into the building, try to make sure that another adult knows what you are doing. This will mean you can get help if necessary, should the fumes take over.
9) If you have to re-enter to move the pump or change the direction of the pump, leave the building as soon as this is done. Do NOT go back in for as long as possible. Again the minimum recommendation is at least another 30 minutes.
List of Don’ts -
- Don’t rely on filter-type facemasks to protect yourself from fumes.
- Never use gas monitors as a substitute for working safely.
- Never have any naked flames near slurry. Slurry is extremely flammable.
- Never stand close to the exhaust of a vacuum tanker when it is being filled.