National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 July 2022

NFYFC is re-launching its Farm Safety training module this Farm Safety Week (18-22 July 2022) to encourage Young Farmers’ Clubs to be more aware of the dangers on farms.

The training session, which is part of NFYFC’s suite of Curve modules for clubs to deliver, has been revamped with The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) to be more interactive and practical to deliver during a club meeting.

YFC members taking the course will come away understanding the importance of farm safety and be more knowledgeable about what do if they are first on the scene of an incident, what the most common accidents are on farm and how to spot hazards.

The course originally included a section on mental health but this has now been removed and will be developed into a separate module that will be available to clubs soon.

NFYFC’s Training and Development Officer Natasha Dennis said: “Following feedback from trainers and YFC members, we decided to re-look at the Farm Safety Curve module to make it easier to deliver during a club meeting.

“The mental health element was adding extra time into an already full course. It’s important that this is addressed in more detail, so we have removed this section and focused the existing Farm Safety Curve module more on avoiding accidents and knowing what to do if one happens.”

NFYFC is encouraging YFCs to pledge to put the new Farm Safety Curve module on their club programmes in the new membership year. Pledge cards are available to download and share during Farm Safety Week on the NFYFC website.

The Farm Safety Foundation – or Yellow Wellies as they are known - will hold their tenth annual Farm SafetyWeek, a campaign which brings together five countries over five days with one simple goal – to encourage everyone in the industry to make our farms safer places to live and to work.

A decade after the first Farm Safety Week, agriculture still has the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK and Ireland. To mark the start of this year’s campaign, on 18 July the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will share their annual Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing in GB report 2021/22. The Farm Safety Foundation will use these figures to reflection what has been achieved over the past decade and highlight how much there is to do to improve the poor safety record of our industry.

The Farm Safety Foundation is also supporting NFYFC’s Farm Safety Award at the YFC Achiever Awards and YFC members, clubs and counties are being encouraged to enter this during Farm Safety Week too. It’s an opportunity to celebrate all the great work that is being done to promote farm safety.

To enter or nominate someone for a Farm Safety Award, visit here.

For more information on ‘Farm Safety Week’ visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.


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