NFAN has launched the first ever Industry Code of Practice Workshops, which provides guidelines for operators on how people should interact with animals at farm parks.
Free to attend, the NFAN workshops are the first for farm attractions since the code was launched last year and will be attended by delegates from the farm attraction sector, as well as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who inspect rural leisure businesses.
Matt Heast, Chairman of NFAN, said: “One of our primary aims is for all farm and rural attractions to understand and implement this code which NFAN feels is essential for our industry.
“These workshops will provide practical advice on how to implement the Industry Code of Practice. We actively want Health and Safety Officers and Farm Attractions to interpret the guidelines in the same way and hope these workshops will aid this”.
The workshop programmes includes a the Health and Safety Executive perspective on the Industry Code of Practice, the animal welfare perspective from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency, as well as a talk from NFAN highlighting the attraction viewpoint.
Three events are being held to reach as many people across the UK:
Thursday 10th October, Odds Farm Park, Nr Beaconsfield, Bucks;
Thursday 17th October, Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon, Wales; Thursday,
24th October, Walby Farm Park Carlisle, Cumbria.
To book a free place at the workshop or for further information, farm attractions can download information from www.farmattractions.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01536 513397.
For more information, please contact Louise or Anita on 01442 890088 or email Louise@farmattractions.net
Two workshops will be held each day at each of the three venues, either in the morning (9.30am – 1pm) or afternoon (1.30pm – 5pm).
About National Farm Attractions Network: NFAN connects the farm and rural attractions industry, providing guidance, support and professional assistance across a number of areas.
As well as organising industry events, it works closely with the Health and Safety Executive to create practical guidelines for farm visits, promotes best practice by arranging the NFAN annual industry awards, operates a visitor attraction benchmarking service for members and provides a telephone advice line for members.
The Industry Code of Practice was launched in 2012 and guidelines include teaching visitors about the importance of hand washing and outlining what is suitable hand washing facilities.
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