IOSH expertise around safety and health on farms has helped to inform a storyline as part of BBC Radio 4’s popular soap The Archers.
Alan Plom, Chair of IOSH’s Rural Industries Group, was approached by the BBC earlier this year to provide expert advice around a plotline involving farming hazards at the Berrow pig unit, and procedures required following an accident on a farm.
The Archers regularly seeks expert input on storylines to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of its subject matter.
Alan said: “As a long-time listener of The Archers, this was a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness about good practice on farms and share IOSH expertise with the wider public through this channel. Ensuring agricultural workers are aware of the potential risks and hazards, and how to keep themselves safe and healthy in the workplace, is essential.”
Storylines in The Archers often engage with topical social issues and address challenges in the agricultural sector, including mental health and working with heavy machinery.
This episode also features a plotline around safe working at height. The National Farmers Union and Farm Safety Partnership have recently published new guidance on working at height with recommendations on how to approach work of this nature. The leaflet is available on the NFU website.
The Archers has been broadcast since 1951. It has aired over 19,000 episodes and is the world’s longest-running drama.
The Archers episode Alan contributed to is available on BBC Sounds here until 1 November 2019.