Farmer and Chair Farm Family & Social Affairs Committee, Irish Farmers Association
IFA is Ireland’s largest farming representative organisation representing Irish farmers at home and in Europe, lobbying and campaigning for improved conditions and incomes for farm families.
IFA strives to keep farm families notified of changes in procedures or policies, as well as dealing with individual cases that affect them and their community.
Promotion of farm safety is a key priority and through the Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee,
IFA works closely with Farmers, HSA, the Farm Safety Partnerships and a range of other organisations to help raise awareness of farm safety among farmers, challenge and change their attitudes towards farming safely and reduce the toll of injuries and fatalities.
Previous work undertaken in Health, Safety and Wellness/Farm Safety
Farm safety topic highlighted at each IFA monthly executive, seasonally appropriate.
HSA and own publications on health and wellbeing distributed at County shows, and other events.
Supporting farm families to make positive changes to improve overall mental health and well-being through awareness and education.
Member of Farm safety partnership.
Collaborate with MHI, See change (green Ribbon walks), Pieta House in promotion of mental health and wellbeing.
Farm Safety – SAVE LIVES – Think Safety, Farm Safely campaign to encourage farmers to improve working practices and take preventative action to reduce risks.
Farm safety week July each year, in association with Farm Safety Foundation, Yellow Wellies initiative.
Collaborate with Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Cancer Society on farm physical health issues.
Collaborate with Embrace Farm, the farm accident support network.
Promotion of farm safety at primary and secondary school level in association with AgriAware. Agri Aware offers a variety of primary school programmes that are inclusive of Junior Infants through sixth class.