National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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FARM SAFETY WEEK 2022

NFYFC has redeveloped the Farm Safety Curve module with The Farm Safety Foundation to make it even easier for clubs to run during a club meeting.  More than 3,000 YFC members have benefited from NFYFC’s Curve training module that was developed with The Farm Safety Foundation and it is hoped that even more YFC members will now get to enjoy the course. 

Our aim is for all YFC members to be aware of the dangers and for all clubs to deliver the Farm Safety Curve module. 

This Farm Safety Week 2020 (18-22 July), we are encouraging Clubs and Counties to pledge their commitment to putting NFYFC’s Farm Safety Curve training module back on their club programmes for 2022-23.

Pledges can be downloaded below to use on social media during the week. If you have already received the training, there are some social media assets that you can use to join in during the week too and spread the positive message that you have done the course and are staying safe! 

Pledges for YFCs and county federations to use on social media:

Instagram and Facebook pledge card

Twitter pledge card

Graphics for individual YFC members to use on social media:

Twitter graphic - I'm farm safety aware

Instagram and Facebook graphic - I'm farm safety aware

Farm Safety Week is an initiative lead by the Farm Safety Foundation  and supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland.  

What you can do to help

Show your support for Farm Safety Week by sharing the ‘pledge cards’ on social media, on your website and in your newsletters. Let the world know that your YFC is committed to farm safety. Please tag @yellowwelliesuk and NFYFC in any posts you make about Farm Safety Week and use the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek.

Help spread positive messages about farm safety to show that the next generation of farmers is taking safety seriously. 

The Farm Safety Foundation will have tips, blogs and invaluable advice guides that it will be sharing. Follow Yellow Wellies on Twitter @yellowwelliesUK and Like and Retweet their content throughout the week using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek.  

Farm Safety Curve training

Curve training sessions can be delivered by a YFC trainer registered with NFYFC. Trainers are provided with a training plan and all the resources needed for a fun, informative session within your Club Programme including a certificate of completion. The sessions usually last around one and half hours.

If you would like to become a YFC trainer for your county so you can deliver the training module, find out about the course here.   

Farm Safety Award

We are also encouraging entries to our Farm Safety Award, which is sponsored by The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies). If you champion farm safety or have been the lead in ensuring your club members receive farm safety training, then why not enter – or nominate someone you know who is a brilliant ambassador for farm safety? Enter now.  

Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Farm

  • You can’t work safely unless you know how to – make sure someone experienced shows you what to do or that you have been properly trained.
  • Being hit by a moving vehicle, driven or runaway, is the biggest cause of fatalities. Keep pedestrians and vehicles apart if possible, ensure handbrakes are well maintained and follow ‘safe stop’ procedures (leave the gear in neutral, put on the handbrake and take out the key).
  • Roofs are often fragile, even if they don’t look it. Falls from roofs cause several deaths every year. Treat all roofs as fragile and use equipment such as harnesses, coverings and guard rails.
  • Riding a quad bike is not the same as riding a motorbike. Make sure that you are trained in the correct techniques and wear a helmet, as most injuries are sustained to the head.
  • Livestock can be unpredictable even when you know them well. Using the right equipment and following safe working practices is better than trusting in the good nature of a bull or a cow and calf.
  • Don’t forget overhead power lines – many accidents happen because people drive underneath power lines, forgetting that they are working with equipment raised.
  • Slurry, effluent and moist grain stores are confined spaces and can all contain high levels of toxic gases – sometimes causing the death of a rescuer as well. You should never enter them unless you have made sure it is safe.

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