DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES WHEN MIXING SLURRY!
In recent weeks we have seen three serious incidents involving the mixing of slurry, incidents which very easily could have resulted in fatalities.
We are reminding the farming community: DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES WHEN MIXING SLURRY!!
Slurry gas is released very quickly, and in large quantities, as soon as the mixing process begins. This gas is a mixture of gases, including Hydrogen Sulphide, which is an extremely poisonous gas. Even a low concentration of hydrogen sulphide can knock out your sense of smell, as a result you won’t even know it’s there. At higher concentrations you will rapidly find it harder to breath and become confused – and at even higher concentrations, JUST ONE BREATH WILL KILL YOU!!
The slurry mixing code:
The first 30 minutes are the most dangerous, so it is important for farmers to leave the shed as soon as the mixing starts - AND TO STAY OUT FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES!!
If you find someone has been overcome during slurry mixing, if possible, stop the pump and get the person to fresh air but do not put yourself at risk in the process. If breathing is weak or stopped, artificial respiration may be effective. Contact the emergency services and seek immediate medical attention.
For more information about working safely with slurry or general farming health and safety issues please contact the HSENI helpline on: 0800 0320 121 or visit the farm safety topic page on the HSENI website: www.hseni.gov.uk.
NEVER go to assist someone who is in difficulty, without first alerting the emergency services.