We comply with Health and Safety Regulations. However, it is important that all work trainees, volunteers and supervising adults are aware of the correct Health and Safety guidelines.
The risk of infection is very small, but disease caused by an infection could be serious. By following simple guidelines, similar to everyday basic hygiene recommendations, the risk can be easily minimised.
The Health & Safety Executive has produced guidelines, HSE sheet AIS23 –Avoiding ill health at open farms – Advice to farmers [opens as PDF]
The supplement to AIS23 advises supervising adults and others who organise farm visits on controlling the risk of infection from animals which you may have contact with during your visit.
All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms, some of which can be transmitted to humans, causing ill health. Some, such as the bacterium Escherichia coli O157 (E-coli O157) cause infections which can potentially cause disease, which may be particularly acute in young people.
While the hazard from infection resulting from a farm visit is real, the risk can be readily controlled by following sensible steps which will help make any visit safe, healthy and enjoyable.
- Always wash their hands thoroughly before and after eating, after any contact with animals, and again before leaving the farm
- Never eat food which has fallen to the ground, or taste animal foods.
- Check that cuts, grazes, etc. on work trainees’ hands are covered with a waterproof dressing
- Do not kiss animals!
- Do not suck fingers or put hands, pens, pencils or crayons, etc. in their mouths.
- Clean or change their footwear before leaving, remembering to wash their hands after any contact with animal faeces on their footwear.
Full risk assessments have been carried out on all farm areas; please contact us if you would like a copy.
Make sure that work trainees wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy outdoor shoes (not sandals) or Wellington boots if possible – especially in winter months, or if it’s been raining heavily.
Essentials – Wellington boots or sturdy shoes, raincoats or warm weather clothes, sun cream and hats if it is sunny.