The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are government bodies set up to protect people at work, and those affected by work activities. The health and safety laws apply to all businesses, even the self-employed, as well as employees.
All personnel who work and visit a farm should be aware of all the risks and the dangers associated with farming.
Some dangers are obvious, others are hidden, some are seasonal whilst others are there any time of the year.
There are direct and indirect consequences of poor standards of workplace health and safety practice on both businesses and individuals: