IAgrM Newsletter February 2021

1 | www.iagrm.org.uk As a sector our safety at work stats lag industrial averages. Other sectors such as the building industry have pushed forward. Back home, our diversified farm in Suffolk ran three different departments with three sets of statements of working practices. In some cases, like practices around the use of ladders were common to all three areas of our business. The statements were subject to deviations for a variety of reasons; presumably some deviated as those responsible for them had different ways of explaining the same issues. Multiply these statements by the number of significant land based businesses around the country, and you have rightfully enough, get to vast numbers of filing cabinets, and electronic files, setting out safe procedures relating to each business. Bespoke practices are very necessary for individualised circumstances alongside a work culture of ongoing review and personal (practitioner) ownership. The file is only as good as the adopted procedures, and how to ensure universal consistent practice is a huge other matter of note. Keeping training up to date, is only made possible through vigilance and connectedness; 1 01275 843825 enquiries@iagrm.com www.iagrm.org.uk NEWS LETTER ISSUE 5 FEBRUARY 2021 BETTERMENTTOWORKWELFARE THE INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT THE PROFESSIONAL BODY FORTHOSE ENGAGED INAGRICULTURAL, RURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CONTENTS 01 | 02 | 03 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 07 | Betterment ToWork Welfare Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food Sector Looks To 2030 DefraWants Your Views Events & Training 2021 Member Profile The Institute For Agriculture And Horticulture (TIAH) Taking Shape Your Leadership In Tackling The Climate And Environmental Emergency IAgrM Member Showcase The Institute of Agricultural Management trade associations, professional advisors, and news feeds, for instance. Are we right to keep to a system of working practices which tend to be generated in silos – shouldn’t we share the statementing of best practices between our businesses? Yes, in a culture of sharing we run the risk of “copy and paste” health and safety practices – ticking boxes and lip service establishing becoming the norm, however this risk may be limited by such methods as recorded practitioner methodology checks. The age of digitalisation makes it increasingly perplexing why we aren’t sharing and collaborating across the patch; each life is paramount to us all besides ensuring sustainable business. This is a fundamental. Where’s our safety feedback forum for specific machines? On occasion our farm workshop will adapt a purchased machine for enhanced safety, safer ease of access for its repair or its individualised conditions of working. We might take the view that such adaptation, if reported might help our neighbours more, however, surely we would be better advised to work to greater common good, and indeed our benevolent act of sharing might reach the machinery manufacturing chain to inform them of the most apt next generation enhancements. The Institute is a powerful driver for change for the better. How we gather and utilise our energetic talents is up to us – another example of together we are strong, and by being together we shall remain viable. Covid has limited our physical gatherings of late, we can and we should garner the strength to push forward and on in so many other ways. Lord Iveagh, President IAgrM Elveden Estate