This is due to new figures showing that 33 deaths occurred on farms in the UK between 2017 and 2018, with some (if not all) being preventable by following proper health and safety measures. Furthermore, the research conducted by HSE shows that other types of workplaces vastly outperform farms when it comes to health and safety. Agricultural workplace deaths are a staggering 18 times higher than the national industry average.
With this in mind, it’s important to check that all aspects of your farm comply with the current laws, including your chemical storage. Following these laws is vitally important to protect you, your employees and the public from death or injury. But also, if you are found to be in breach of the law, you could be liable for a hefty fine or even face the closure of your farm following inspections likely to take place this year.
The inspections, promised by the Government in 2018, will encompass all aspects of farming, from procedures to equipment. Chemical storage will be one of the items on the checklist, so it is up to you to ensure that your storage facilities meet the HSE and BASIS
requirements. These can be found here.
There are many different types of chemicals used in conventional farming, including fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and more. Accidents involving chemicals can range from a spillage which could leak into the environment or cause physical harm to workers, to a fire which could spread if not contained. Appropriate storage can help to prevent these situations.
For more information why not visit our website: www.chemicalstorage4farmers.co.uk or call us on 0800 121 7388