Working on farms, cultivating crops and livestock, can be very difficult and laborious but also greatly satisfying. Here at Wurkplace, we have experience providing Health & Safety, HR and Online Training to agriculture businesses – No matter the size!

Read what our Agriculture Partners have to say about us 👇

Wurkplace has been providing us with tailored Health & Safety support for some time now at our farm. We were very impressed by their personal service – their consultants came out to our farm and implemented everything for us; going the extra mile to make sure everyone on-site is safe, giving us peace of mind.

Shordy Farm

Unlike most outsource Health & Safety and HR companies, we pride ourselves in giving a personal service; we don’t use call centres – allowing you to contact us directly! We also don’t believe in using long-term contracts, so you stay in control of your farm’s services and allowing for a more flexible approach.

Health and Safety in Agriculture

What are the 3 main Health and Safety issues in Agriculture?

  1. The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – Using pesticides and fertiliser is often part of everyday farm life, helping protect the crop from pests and increase the yield. Exposure to these substances can cause serious damage to employee health! Our custom COSHH training can show agriculture staff how to handle and use fertiliser and pesticides safely!

  2. Livestock Handling – Moving and transporting live animals can be challenging at the best of times, ensuring your animals and staff safety is crucial to business. To reduce the risk of harm, agriculture employees should be trained properly on how to handle livestock. Wurkplace offers bespoke manual handling training that reduces the frequency of related accidents.

  3. Public Safety – If there is a public footpath on your farm, you should aim to reduce the risk of injury to members of the public. Under the Animals Act (1971), you can be found liable if someone is injured by your livestock! Ensuring bulls are not in fields with public footpaths or that there are appropriate warning signs is essential. We can help with this, our consultants make personalised risk assessments to ensure compliance.

Here at Wurkplace, we know the agriculture industry can be full of potential dangers, to both employees and the general public. The Government has stated agriculture is 1.8% of the workforce in the UK, but it has 19% of all fatal injuries! Our experienced team provides outsourced Health and Safety to farms all around the country, keeping people safe.

What can our Health and Safety Consultants help with?

  • Agriculture Audits – Initially, we will conduct a full Health and Safety audit of your farm, reviewing all your policies and procedures. Then we will provide and implement an action plan, and once a year we will conduct an annual audit to ensure compliance.

  • Farm Risk Assessments – Our consultants will make bespoke risk assessments (general, fire and COSHH) for your farm, ensuring all risks are identified and controlled.

  • Site Visits – We will visit your farm on a regular basis to keep up to date with any new or changed risks to Health and Safety.

  • Health and Safety Updates – Our Health and Safety consultants will keep in contact and ensure you know any changes in legislation that may affect your farm.

  • Agriculture Training – We have a diverse variety of Health and Safety training courses (online and on-site), that our team will tailor to your farm, ensuring your staff have all the appropriate training they need! We also support you in gaining ISO certifications.

  • Occupational Health – Our consultants can help with a wide range of occupational health issues including; health referrals, screenings, examinations, sickness management, physio and more (with our very own qualified nurse)!

Do you need help with HR or Health and Safety in Your Agriculture Business?

HR in Agriculture

What are the 3 main HR issues in Agriculture?

  1. Employee Retention – Working on a farm involves a lot of hard and physical work, which can often lead to staff leaving for easier industries. Especially with livestock, having a high staff turnover can lead to many problems. Our team are people-focused and ensure HR makes employees feel valued, reducing the likelihood of them leaving the business.

  2. Staff Wellness – Agriculture work often includes long hours, doing manual labour, which can cause serious strain on employee health and wellness. Having a tired workforce can lead to many mistakes, which in the farming sector, can cause serious side effects. Wurkplace can help your farm offer benefits to your employees, which can increase wellness.

  3. Development of Employees – Often staff development can be overlooked in farms, with the focus being on crops and livestock. However, without proper development and training, staff may not be getting job satisfaction and have low morale. Our amazing range of online training can help your employees develop their skills with ease!

No workplace is immune from people problems, even farms, that is where we come in! Our outsourced HR services offer solutions to all your HR issues. We have an experienced team that customise all of our solutions, to ensure you get the right service for your farm. 

What can our HR Consultants help with? 

  • Initial and Annual Agriculture Audits – We will review all your existing HR policies and procedures, we will then provide and implement a plan with our expert recommendations. Then once a year we will review your farm again to make sure our solutions are still effective for your business.

  • Employment Law – Our consultants can help with all your farm’s employment law issues. These issues include (but not limited to) – grievances, disputes, redundancies, retirement, TUPE and disciplinary meetings/hearings.

  • Compliant Staff Handbooks and Contracts – We can create bespoke handbooks and contracts for all your farmworkers, ensuring they include all relevant policies and terms of employment.

  • HR Software – Implementing an innovative online HR system which can aid with attendance management and monitoring, staff performance reports and recruitment (compares and tracks applicants).

  • HR Updates – Our HR consultants will inform you of any changes or new HR regulation that apply to the agriculture industry.

  • Farm HR Training – We have a wide range of training courses, both online and on-site, to help develop your staff’s agriculture skills.

  • Legal Insurance – Up to the sum of £100,000 (optional), to protect your farm from any legal preceding and fees. 

Health & Safety and HR Training for Agriculture

Additionally, Wurkplace has an extensive range of online (and on-site) training courses that can help employees develop into their role and stay safe on the farm. Our HR and Health & Safety consultants adapt and change our courses to fit your business, this ensures your staff are prepared for anything the agriculture sector can throw at them!

Our Health & Safety and HR training courses for farms include (but not limited to):

All of our bespoke training courses have been approved and accredited by RoSPA, CPD and IOSH. You can enjoy a free demo of each of our courses on our website. Each module allows for 3 attempts (you need to contact us for help after the third), upon completion your farmworkers will be given a certificate which can be stored in their employee record. For our on-site training, our Health & Safety and HR consultants will teach the course and ensure legal compliance. 

For more information on how Wurkplace can help your Agriculture Business company with its HR and Health & Safety needs, call 0330 400 5490 or fill in our online contact form.

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