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Farms to be inspected by HSE – unannounced spot checks – Autumn 2021… Are you Ready

If you work in Agriculture then you should be interested in this article. The HSE have announced that they will be launching a new initiative that will see them visiting Farms across the UK to complete unannounced health and safety inspections. This is due to start in November 2021 and run until January 2022. YOU need to be ready and WE will help you prepare. Watch the video and follow the useful links. If you have any questions or need further help, then simply contact us for further advice and support.

FAQs

Which parts of the UK will be targetted? 

  • South Wales.
  • Cumbria & Lancashire.
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
  • Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

Is there any FREE training to help me prepare?

Yes. The HSE will be writing to Farmers in the selected areas offering free, online, health and safety training. There are a limited number of places available and allocation will be on a first come-first served basis.

What will the Inspector be looking for during the inspection?

You should be able to demonstrate the following (including but not limited to)

  • Health and safety training records e.g. first aid, pesticides, chainsaw, forklift truck/telehandler etc.
  • Health and safety policy and risk assessments (in writing – where applicable – contact us for more information).
  • Evidence of machinery maintenance.
  • Procedures for fire safety and first aid facilities.
  • Gas safety compliance records.
  • Electrical installation condition reports.
  • Asbestos surveys.
  • Safety of pedestrians.
  • Work at height safety.
  • Safe working with animals.
  • Prevention of occupational diseases.
  • Accident records.

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Here are the resources:

•    This is the HSE leaflet What a good farm looks like. A farm complying with health and safety legislation can clearly demonstrate that they are following the guidance in this document. The HSE have stated that this will be the benchmark when they visit you.

•    This is the HSE leaflet Farmwise. A general farm safety leaflet.

•    Watch this HSE video to help you prepare for the visit When a health and safety inspector calls.

A similar initiative was completed in 2019 in the Northeast, Yorkshire and Scotland. Between January and March 2022 some follow up visits will be made to a sample of the farms that were visited to see if there has been an improvement in safety standards.