The HSA will commence a weeklong farm inspection campaign on Monday 21 November focusing on farmer health and wellbeing.
Research consistently finds that farmers in particular and those working on the land suffer greater work related health issues than those working in many other sectors. Musculoskeletal injury, cardiovascular disease, hearing loss, particular skin cancers, workplace stress and anxiety all have a disproportionate effect on farmer’s health.
HSA Inspectors will carry out farm inspections to encourage farmers to give more consideration to their long-term health and wellbeing.
During the inspection campaign, HSA Inspectors will encourage farmers to consider their health and wellbeing and to take proactive steps to protect their physical and mental health;
Launching the inspection campaign Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector for Agriculture at the HSA, said “Many farmers do not consider their own health and wellbeing a priority in their day-to day work on the farm, but that must change. If farmers prioritise their own health and wellbeing it will have a significant impact on their ability to live a healthy and productive life. In reality, a lot of Irish farmers work in isolation, do not prioritise their health and often do not seek out assistance when they should, especially around mental health and wellbeing.
I would encourage farmers to take one step this month to establish healthy habits in their work on the farm around physical activity, diet and connection with others, and ensure they have a good work/life balance. Farmers should consider workload and what they are doing on the farm today, how it can affect them in the long run and what changes would help. Farmers can use the HSA guide on health and wellbeing as a step guide towards a healthier working life.”
Inspectors will be distributing a new Farmer Health and Wellbeing booklet, which is full of useful tips for farmers to improve both their physical and mental health. Make your plan this November to get and stay healthy while farming.