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Slurry Spreading Northern Ireland – Mixing Slurry Safely

In the panic to get it out into the field, it can be easy to overlook the extreme risks that slurry mixing and spreading can pose, particularly that of slurry gas. We discuss the dangers of slurry gas and what farmers can do to help prevent tragedy.

Slurry Gas Explained

Slurry gas is a toxic mixture of gases created as a by-product of the fermentation of slurry. The most dangerous of these is hydrogen sulphide, which can quickly overcome and kill farm workers and livestock, even in the open air.

The gas is heavier than air and so has a tendency to linger around slurry pits, can knock out your sense of smell at higher concentrations and quickly displaces air from the lungs, meaning that only one breath can be enough to be fatal.

As soon as the mixing of slurry begins, the gas is released rapidly and in large quantities just like when a bottle of fizzy drink is shaken and then opened. It can also be responsible for multiple fatalities if attempts are made to rescue farm workers who have been overcome by the fumes.

Do’s and Don’ts of Slurry Spreading (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)

All farmers in Northern Ireland must comply with the following rules in order to meet the requirements of the Cross-Compliance, Verifiable Standards rules of the Single Farm Payment Scheme, and other direct payments from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Under these new changes of the Nitrates Action Programme from 1st February 2020, you must NOT use an inverted plate to spread anaerobic digestate. You are also NOT allowed to spread chemical fertilisers, livestock manure, soiled water or other organic fertilisers when:

Do not apply organic manure or dirty water within:

For more info, please visit https://bit.ly/36hFhhc

Slurry Gas Safety Tips

The dangers posed by slurry gas should never be underestimated, however the HSENI advises that there are certain steps that farmers can take to ensure the safety of themselves, their employees and their livestock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Do In An Emergency?

 

 

 

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