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Free farm safety workshop

Two hundred places are on offer for farmers across Northern Ireland to attend a free farm safety workshop next month.

The workshop is organised by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) and supported by the Farm Safety Partnership. It will be held at Ballymena Livestock Market, on Monday 11 March 2013

Farmers are urged to attend and help combat the high death toll on local farms, which saw 2012 end with 12 farm fatalities in Northern Ireland. The workshop will feature practical demonstrations by qualified instructors from the farming industry on some of the most common accidents that can take place on farms. The focus will be on reminding farmers to “STOP and THINK SAFE” about the four main dangers – Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment (SAFE).

The workshop will run for two hours and will cover topics such as:

  • PTO guarding;
  • tractor maintenance;
  • livestock handling;
  • slurry safety;
  • working safely at heights;
  • child safety; and
  • telescopic handlers and quads.

Speaking prior to the event, Head of the HSENI Farm Safety Team Malcolm Downey said, “This workshop offers local farmers a great opportunity to get free expert advice and instruction on how to safely carry out many tasks on their farms. We all know that farming is a dangerous profession, but accidents on farms are not inevitable – they are avoidable. It doesn't need to cost a lot to introduce an effective culture of safety on a farm – just a little bit more time and care to consider the potential dangers.”

Booking is essential, so to reserve your place please contact Martina Kennedy at the HSENI on: 028 9024 3249 or email: martina.kennedy@hseni.gov.uk.

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Regulation (EU) 126/2013 (OJ:L43/24/2013) amending Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

This Regulation amends Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
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Annex 17 to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 has taken over the restrictions previously laid down in Directive 76/769/EEC, on the marketing of dangerous substances. A number of amendments are required to bring Annex 17…

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Directive 2013/7/EU (OJ:L49/66/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to include Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride as an active substance in Annex 1

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market, to include Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride as an active substance in Annex 1.

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Directive 2013/6/EU (OJ:L48/10/2013) amending Directive 98/8/EC to include diflubenzuron as an active substance in Annex 1

This Directive amends Directive 98/8/EC, on the placing of biocidal products on the market, to include diflubenzuron as an active substance in Annex 1.

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Regulation (EU) 98/2013 (OJ:L39/1/2013) on the marketing and use of explosives precursors

This Regulation establishes harmonised rules on the making available, introduction, possession and use of substances or mixtures that could be misused for the illicit manufacture of explosives, with a view to limiting their availability to the general public, and ensuring the appropriate reporting of suspicious transactions throughout the supply chain.
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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Commencement No. 3, Transitory Provision) Order SSI 2013/47

This Order applies to Scotland only and brought into force a paragraph of the Full Text of Schedule 7 to the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 which amends the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, on 15 February 2013.

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Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Commencement No. 4, Transitory and Transitional Provisions) Order SSI 2013/51

This Order applies to Scotland only and brings into force all remaining provisions of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, on 1 April 2013.

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Substance evaluation under REACH

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Is your company in the CoRAP?

Is your company manufacturing, importing or using chemicals that have to be registered under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)? Are any of these chemicals included in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP)?

If yes, then you may be required to contribute to the substance evaluation of the chemical to help evaluate the initial concerns identified. This is part of your responsibility to protect human health and the environment.

You can find out more by reading “Substance evaluation under REACH: Tips for Registrants and downstream users.”

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NI farmers fail to flourish in the field of health and safety

In a bid to cut the number of farm deaths in Northern Ireland, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is launching a six-week long initiative focusing on farm safety.

Last year's figures show a farmer was killed every month while working on a farm in Northern Ireland. As part of the initiative, teams of staff will be visiting farms to raise awareness of safety within four key areas: unguarded machinery, handling livestock, falls from heights and incidents involving slurry tanks – all of which have been identified as the main causes of farm fatalities.

HSENI officials will also work closely with the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) to develop a farm safety partnership.

“After the terrible situation we had in Northern Ireland last year we decided we needed to get other groups involved,” explained Malcolm Downey, from the HSENI. “Our aim is to raise the profile of health and safety, by getting people thinking and talking about it. It is really about getting people to stop, think and improve things to keep themselves safe,” he added.

Meanwhile Farmers For Action (FFA) has requested a meeting with DARD's farm safety division to discuss the issue. The FFA said although increased inspections may help, they would not fix the problem completely. Instead it is calling for the HSENI to show greater support for its Welsh, Scottish and English equivalents.

It also wants pressure put on DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman to take the case to Brussels and try to get the issue addressed in the new Common Agricultural Policy 2013-19 reforms. “HSENI must put the case that farmers desperately need a financial safety net in place before safety issues can be properly addressed and point out to the EU Commission that failure to do so will cost many more lives,” said a FFA spokesman.

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