Health and Safety Authority launches national farm safety multimedia competition

Pictured with Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD (centre) at the launch of the national farm safety multimedia competition for post-primary students were (left to tight): Lauren Malone, Lauren Doyle, , Melissa Cully, and Rebecca Joyce all from  St. Joseph's  Secondary School, Rochfordbridge, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath.
Pictured with Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD (centre) at the launch of the national farm safety multimedia competition for post-primary students were (left to tight): Lauren Malone, Lauren Doyle, , Melissa Cully, and Rebecca Joyce all from St. Joseph's Secondary School, Rochfordbridge, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath.
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The Health and Safety Authority in the Republic of Ireland has launched its farm safety multimedia competition for all post-primary school pupils nationwide.

Students are invited to design a multimedia entry, such as: a video, app., social media campaign, website, animation or interactive game on farm safety and submit it for judging via the Authority’s competition website www.choosefarmsafety.ie.

Entry forms and full details can be downloaded from www.choosefarmsafety.ie and the deadline for entries is 11th December. Short-listed entrants will be invited to participate in a Youth Task Force event on farm safety, which will inform the Authority’s on-going national farm safety campaign. Short-listed entrants will also exhibit their entries at a national competition showcase and awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on 27th April 2016. Prizes include professional Go-Pro camera for the winners and other multi-media devices for finalists as well as trophies for winners in each category.

Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority, said: “The aim of this project is to raise awareness among post-primary students of farm safety and to give them a voice in providing solutions to effect change in safety behaviour among farming families and the wider farming community. We are strongly encouraging schools to get behind this competition.”

Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the HSA said: “Young people have a role to play in raising their own and others’ awareness around farm safety and many use multimedia in their daily lives, whether it’s gaming, social media or app’s on mobile devices. This is an opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to become part of the national campaign to change safety behaviour on farms.”

This project is supported by Kids’Own publishing partnership, Kilkenny Education Centre and the network of full-time Education Centres. For further information and entry forms, check out www.choosefarmsafety.ie