10 April 1998

Child health – HSEguidelines

NEW advice for farmers hosting childrens visits to open farms has been published by the Health and Safety Executive.

David Mattey, HSEs chief agricultural inspector, said: "Although the vast majority of the 10m individual visits to farms each year are enjoyable experiences, there is a small risk that visitors can become ill following contact with animals.

Straightforward hygiene measures, such as ensuring visitors washed their hands after touching animals, would reduce the risk of infection.

For copies of the information sheet Avoiding ill health at open farms – Advice to farmers, phone 01787- 881165.