The key to Health and Safety on farm visits, is to be aware of risks and plan accordingly.

Preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions - Industry Code of Practice

Every year millions of people visit premises where members of the public, particularly children, are encouraged to view or touch animals. The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions. This Code of Practice has been produced by the industry and is aimed at the owners, operators and managers of such visitor premises. It provides guidance, including pictures and real-life case studies, of practical measures that you can apply at your premises to help you comply with the law and keep visitors safe. The examples are from businesses, ranging from conventional farms that open to the public for one day a year to attractions that may cater for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The latest version of the Code of Practice revised March 2021 can be found here

Clean Hands Zone Toolkit

SF&G has designed a set of free-to-use, highly accessible Health & Safety signs to encourage farm visitors to wash their hands. The new signs are particularly relevant for young children, people with learning difficulties or other special needs. For further details and to download the kit please click here

Generic Risk Assessment Guidelines
and what is a risk assessment?

Filling out a risk assessment for school visits is very different to the kind of risk assessment farmers need to carry out for their general farm work.

so a generic risk assessment form has been provided to help assess the risks associated with children visiting a farm.

Teachers may also find this information useful when carrying out their risk assessments.

Please click here to download the generic
risk assessment form