Farm health and safety

Farm health and safety

Guidance on the legal requirements and responsibilities for on-farm working. 

Published: 2014
Edition: 1
Publisher: BVA
Number of pages: 19
Format: PDF

This guidance is supported by our specialist division, the Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS).


This guide includes:

  • Relevant legislation
  • Employer’s duty off the practice premises
  • Shared workplace
  • Duty of the farmer
  • Developing a practice policy
  • Risks – essential considerations to keep risks to a minimum
  • Risk assessments
  • Common potential risks when working with livestock
  • Understanding the risks
  • Key points to assist employers to meet on-farm health and safety requirements
  • Key points to assist vets to meet health and safety standards when working on - farm
  • Accidents and reporting requirements
  • Guide to carrying out a risk assessment
  • Template for risk assessment

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