JULY 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Farm Safety “We have worked very closely with the HSA and ICOS to develop an online risk assessment tool, specifically designed for marts, which is available on the HSA’s BeSmart pages along with a voluntary code of practice for safe mart management. If utilised, these tools will help make your mart a safer place and FBD will endeavour to work with the industry to achieve a safer mart environment for the benefit of everyone and to help lower the cost of insurance.” Ray Doyle, livestock and environmental services executive at ICOS said: “This new DVD will greatly enhance drover and mart users’ health and safety in livestock marts and, as a consequence, reduce animal-welfare challenges. Safety of all mart users is a real concern to all livestock mart operators and it needs constant monitoring and change to ensure best practice is achieved.” Safest in Europe Pictured at the launch of a new mart-safety DVD: FBD Insurance risk manager, Ciaran Roche; Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle; chairman, FBD Insurance, Liam Herlihy; livestock and environmental services executive at ICOS, Ray Doyle; MEP, Mairead McGuinness; and outgoing HSA chief executive, Martin O’Halloran. New focus on safe practices in marts A new mart-safety DVD has been launched to enhance safe practices in marts all around Ireland FBD Insurance, the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), have joined forces to produce a safe-management-ofmarts training video, which is hoped will become a valuable training aid for mart employees and management. In addition, a short safety video has also been produced and is expected to be broadcast on screens in canteens and in other locations in Irish marts for members of the public. This comes following the implementation of new health and safety measures in a number of marts across the country. In April, Aurivo announced that only mart staff will be allowed in the sales yard and that new rules will apply to customer access to various areas of the mart. This was being done in the interests of the health and safety of customers, members and employees, the company said, following a serious incident in Mohill mart, where a man was attacked by a bull. Headford Co-operative Mart in Galway has also taken a health-and-safety stance by only allowing ‘certified drovers’ into the mart yard. In a statement, it said: “We hope that this stand will be a very positive one for marts. We are only making this change for the safety of our customers, staff and livestock.” Mart safety tips • • • • Cooperate with mart employees on all issues regarding safety and obey all mart-safety signage. Keep out of areas where livestock are being moved. Ensure that children are supervised by an adult at all times. Use catwalks and safety viewing areas provided. HSA senior inspector, Pat Griffin, said the way to safeguard the vital business done in marts on a weekly basis is to make Irish marts the best and safest in Europe. “We are already European leaders when it comes to producing premium-quality food, now is the time for us to lead in relation to safety. Every stockman and anyone involved with livestock will learn from this DVD and we hope that this will become an invaluable training aid for all involved.” He said that marts must become exemplars of best practice where farmers see and learn the very best techniques in handling, moving and controlling livestock. Key components of the voluntary code of practice for safe mart management are as follows: A safety o cer must be appointed. His/her role will be to manage safety on mart days. Safety o cer duties will include: ensuring the safety of members of the public and employees; ensuring the safe handling of livestock; and enforcement of safe systems of work. All employees must be provided with mart identification jackets – wearing these jackets must be enforced. All loading and unloading of animals must be carried out under the supervision of a mart employee (safe refuge pens may need to be provided in the loading bay pens). The movement of livestock to or from the loading area must be undertaken by mart employees only. Members of the public must not be allowed access to the penning and passageways beyond the unloading/loading bay, other than to place lot numbers on their livestock in the livestock identification race, and this will only be allowed where direct access to the livestock identification race is provided without interaction with livestock. Catwalks and livestock viewing areas must be provided as, so as to prevent members of the public from accessing livestock penning and passageways. Prohibition signage must also be erected to clearly identify areas that members of the public are not allowed access to. All livestock leaving the mart must be taken from the holding pen and driven to the loading bay by mart employees. The loading of livestock must be carried out by and in the supervision of a mart employee and the owner/buyer of the livestock. DVD launch Speaking at the recent launch of the mart-safety DVD, Ciaran Roche, FBD risk manager acknowledged the central part of the Irish farming community formed by livestock marts and outlined some of the steps taken to improve mart safety. 59