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Find Out How to Manage Contractors Safely at the Farm Innovation Show

At the Farm Innovation Show, you’ll have the chance to meet Safety Revolution; a fantastic company dedicated to helping you manage contractors safely.

The Farm Business Innovation Show is the ultimate hub for farmers and landowners to go from the very beginning to the very end of a diversification project. Getting all the help you need for your next business venture has never been easier, so get your FREE tickets to make the most of the opportunity!

This year, we’ll be welcoming Safety Revolution - the company who help other companies with health and safety, HR, fire risk, and training - to the exhibition. Don’t forget about these important elements of a business diversification project, and check out what they’re all about, down below!

This picture of Mia next to a tractor has the Safety Revolution logo stamped on the top right corner

The Importance of Health and Safety Systems

Whether you are a director of a farm trading company, a partner in a farming operation, or a trustee of a farm managed in hand, you are obliged – under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – to ensure that you have an effective health and safety management system in place. This duty of care extends not only to the business’s immediate employees, but all others that may be affected by the acts or omissions of the business such as but not limited to contractors, visitors and members of the public.

Business growth and diversification including construction projects, operating commercial property lets, event venues, shooting premises, or similar diversification projects, further increases the scope of your responsibility to manage risk in order to protect visitors, residents, contractors and the general public.

A contractor can be anyone providing goods or a service, and therefore can be employed for both short and long-term periods, from seasonal harvest work through to large scale building projects. That said, it is important to remember that, regardless of the size or scale of the job, the owner, occupier and contractors each have a duty of care and responsibility to one another. Therefore, workers must be made aware of potential risks, and endeavour to follow safe working practice whilst conducting work.

Be Aware of the Risks, and 

The nature of the agricultural and rural sector poses a unique set of risks where livestock, machinery and lone working are concerned. This often makes farms hazardous environments for all involved, if they are not properly aware of the dangers.

Issues often arise when contractors are exposed to dangerous working environments, or when they are not aware of the dangers posed by the likes of livestock, machinery and fragile roofs for example. It is therefore vital that contractors are briefed on the potential risks, are aware of the hazardous situations which may occur, and know what to do in case of an emergency.

Make Sure To...

It is essential that, as a business, you ensure appointed contractors are qualified, experienced and fully competent to do the job, with evidence of appropriate certificates of competence and a health and safety management system. It is also important to ensure they are fully equipped with the relevant materials and resources to carry out the job safely and correctly.

In order for the work to be completed safely, contractors must adhere to best practice of health and safety standards. They should also be briefed on relevant site policies, procedures, and safety information, such as location of overhead powerlines, asbestos containing materials, underground services, loading and unloading arrangements, usually by way of induction, in order to ensure adequate controls are in place.

This construction site danger sign emphasises the importance of health and safety on building sites

Meet Safety Revolution at the Farm Innovation Show 2019

If you want to see Managing Director of Safety Revolution, Oliver Dale, take to the stage at the Farm Business Innovation Show on Wednesday 6th November in Theatre 4 at 14:00, then get your FREE tickets, now. Hear him address how business owners can instruct contractors with peace of mind, confidence and knowledge that they are complying with the law.

For further information on how to manage your approved contractors list and issues relating to agricultural farm health and safety advice, visit Safety Revolution on stand FR551.

COMPANY NAME: Safety Revolution

URL: www.safetyrevolution.co.uk

EMAIL: s.walker@revolutiongroupltd.com

PHONE: 0800 028 1965

TWITTER: @SafetyRev

FACEBOOK: Safety Revolution

LINKEDIN: Safety Revolution / Oliver Dale

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