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FCI encourage contractors to give staff clear set of instructions

In the interest of health and safety of both contractors and clients, the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) have issued a list of practical measures for all contractors and their teams to consider during the 2020 silage harvest.

They have urged contractors to make sure their team are given a clear set of instructions and that these instructions be fixed to a prominent place in the tractor cab.

Safety measures

They ask that contractors inform their teams of the following measures:

  • Disinfect the interior tractor cab at the start and at the end of each day with a disinfectant spray;
  • Disinfect the tractor and harvester cab door handles at the start and at the end of each day with a disinfectant spray;
  • One driver, one machine, if you change drivers disinfect the cab and controls thoroughly;
  • Stick to social isolation and do not allow others, especially children into the tractor or harvester cabin with you;
  • Bring enough food and drinks with you for a day’s work;
  • Take a minimum of two food breaks; deli/coffee shop stops are not ideal as a source of food during present restrictions;
  • It’s great that farmers can provide food for contractors and their operators but you must adhere to social distancing rules so preferably eat outside on patio tables/yard tables – do not enter a customer’s home for food;
  • Provide a box of disposable plastic gloves in each tractor cab for your operators and replace each week;
  • Wear overalls and change them for a fresh set each day or use disposable overalls and dispose each day;
  • No hand contact, no shaking hands, it is possible to give the instructions over the phone;
  • Maintenance of a minimum of two-meter safety distance;
  • Cough into your elbow;
  • If you have symptoms, call HSE Live at 1850 24 1850.

The FCI has acknowledged that there is a difficult balance between health and safety and work requirements, and therefore have asked contractors to take a reasonable approach in order to get the best outcome for all parties involved.

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