Rural Industries industry resources

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ADAS is a research-based consultancy to rural and land-based industries, which provides business services over a wide range of issues and areas. The website provides detailed company information and details on its projects and initiatives as well as many sources of information and contacts regarding specialist areas of research.

HSE Agriculture
This section of the HSE website is dedicated to the agricultural industry, detailing the involvement and roles of the HSE within the sector. It contains statistics and case studies on fatalities and accidents/ injuries and details the HSEs inspection programme and priorities for the coming year. It also provides advice and information on meeting safety guidelines via a Farm Self-Assessment tool. The Farm Safety Forum allows open discussion on agricultural safety issues.

National Farmers' Union
Homepage of the National Farmers' Union, this site represents almost three quarters of all full-time commercial farmers in England and Wales and is the largest farming organisation in the UK. The site details role, policy and outlook, and provides both information on membership and up to date news. The NFU also acts as the UKs leading rural insurer via NFU Mutual, details of which can be found here. There is a strong emphasis on regional issues and diversity, with separate pages for each region of England and a page for Wales.

BAGMA is the trade association for farm and groundcare machinery dealers across the UK. The site provides news and membership details as well as information on operator training and apprenticeships. It also provides a variety of financial and business services including testing and inspection of farming equipment and the Vehicle Health Check Scheme.

Firearms / Game

British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
Codes of Practice, template risk assessments for shoots, updates on firearms legislation, etc
British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
BASC is a national representative body for sporting shooting. They have five strategic objectives:

  • A strong and unified voice for shooting
  • All party backing for shooting
  • Balanced comment in the media
  • Continued opportunity to go shooting
  • High standards

The Deer Initiative

The Deer Initiative is a broad partnership of statutory, voluntary and private interests dedicated to "ensuring the delivery of a sustainable, well-managed wild deer population in England and Wales".

The Partners abide by the principles of the Deer Accord and encourage others to share their commitment and priorities as an integral part of their management of deer.

Best practice guides available for use , eg Firearms Handling, Meat Hygiene


Natural England
Natural England is the governments advisor on the natural environment. They provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England's natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Online home of the government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, this site is wide-ranging in its coverage. However, information is manageable and easily navigated thanks to a Search and A-Z index facility. The site is also divided up into a variety of quick links relating to individual sectors and topics such as Farming. The site details the work and role of Defra and provides news on current issues and schemes as well as a wealth of information and official publications.

The Environment Agency
The Environment Agency site also contains a number of useful Pollution Prevention Guides

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency SEPA
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotlands environmental regulator.

REACH is a new European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.


Forestry Commission
This is the website of the Forestry Commission, whose mission is to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. The site contains information on its role as policy advisor and implementer and its management of public forests and woodland. There is a strong focus on tourism and leisure activities directed towards the interests of the general public. Alongside this is information on their work in sustainable forestry, forest research and business links regarding timber and grants and licences.

HSE forestry guides
Go to this Health and safety Executive (HSE) page for a list of downloadable free guides on everything forestry from general guides like 'Managing health and safety in forestry' to more specific guides such as 'Hand-held power posthole borer' and 'Chainsaws at work.

Introduction to Forest Safety
This has been produced by the Forestry Commission to complement the Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) Safety Guides
The AFAG Guides can be found at www.hse.gov.uk
There are nine modules within the DVD:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • HarvesterForwarder
  • Chainsaws
  • Haulage
  • Signage
  • Timber Stacks
  • Public Access section (primarily aimed at Scotland, but principles apply in England and Wales


Lantra is the Sector Skills Council that seeks to boost skills and workforce development within the environmental and land-based sector. The site provides news on current issues, Lantras work and publications as well as advice and information including a consultation facility and careers. the website is conveniently divided up into the 17 industries within the sector and also has regional links.


Maritime Accident Investigation Branch
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide, and other ships in UK territorial waters. Their website contains details of current investigations, a wide range of free publications from safety bulletins and accident flyers to investigation and recommendations reports, and details of how to report an accident among other services.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
The MCA is responsible throughout the UK for implementing the Governments maritime safety policy. That includes co-ordinating search and rescue at sea through Her Majestys Coastguard, and checking that ships meet UK and international safety rules. Their website contains information on maritime matters, Merchant Shipping Notices, Marine Guidance Notes and Marine Information Notes.

National Federation of Fishermens Organisations
The National Federation of Fishermens Organisations (NFFO) is the representative body for fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It aims to contribute and advance EU and National Fisheries Policy to ensure a profitable, viable and sustainable fishing industry.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) website contains information about the charity, as well as guidance on beach and sea safety, a media centre, information on training, links to other beach and water safety websites and, of course, details on how to make a contribution to this 24-hour lifesaving service which, despite costing around 330,000 per day to run, receives no funding from the Government.

From sea to plate, the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) aims to deliver expert knowledge, skills and support which help the UK seafood industry secure a sustainable and profitable future. The website contains publications, press releases and professional information, as well as a wealth of information about seafood, including hundreds of recipes. So what are you waiting for - tuck in!


Teagasc aims to assist Irish farm family members and those working on farms to minimise the risk of injury and to promote health. Teagasc works with other organisations including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and member organisations of the HSA Farm Safety Partnership Advisory committee to deliver an effective health and safety service.

Health and Safety Authority
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for securing health and safety at work. It is a state-sponsored body, established under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act and it reports to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.

Recreation / Visitors

Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group
The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group was set up in May 1997. Since then the group has been meeting regularly to exchange information and develop ideas. In particular, they have looked at how to create safe access to the countryside in ways that do not spoil the landscape and heritage, or lessen the visitors sense of exploration and adventure. All members of the group own extensive land and property and encourage public access. All are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment. Group members have day to day experience of visitor management, and include specialist safety advisers.