Health & Safety:
We hope that all visitors to Brimham Rocks Activity Farm have a brilliant time with us and enjoy getting up close with our friendly animals. However, with contact with any animal there comes a risk of infection, this is why we ask all visitors to follow our simple health and safety guidelines in order to reduce the risk of ill health.
Farm animals carry various infections that are unseen, and the animal will appear perfectly healthy however, these infections can be harmful to people. The infection will be in the animal’s droppings, on the body and may be on. The fences or surfaces around the animal zone. (There is signage around the farm indicating when you are entering these zones). It only takes a small number of bacteria to cause infection especially in vulnerable visitors such as young children, the elderly and pregnant women.
The best way to reduce risk of infection is to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap, there is hand washing stations in the animal barn and upon leaving the animal zone. Please also remember to never substitute hand gels or wipes and to use the stations provided, as this method of prevention is the most effective.
Health and safety guidelines
- Kiss the animals or put your face close to the animals
- Put your hand in your mouth
- Eat or drink in the animal zones, only use the designated areas
- Use gels or wipes instead if washing hands
- Eat anything that has been on the floor
- Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap provided at the hand wash stations after you have been in the animal zones
- Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before you eat
- Supervise your children closely when they are in the animal zones
- Make sure your children are washing their hands properly
- Cover any cuts or open wounds with a waterproof dressing
- Only eat in the areas designated for this purpose
If you are pregnant, you may put yourself and your unborn baby at risk of infection if you come into close contact with sheep that have recently given birth, new-born lambs, or other new-born farm animals and mothers such as cows or goats. Although this risk is higher during the spring as this is when we are welcoming lots of new life onto the farm there is always an added risk if you are expecting. Infections can happen at any time of year, not just in the spring.
Although the number of human pregnancies affected by contact with an infected animal is usually extremely small. It is important the pregnant women are aware of the potential risks.
There is a link vis North Yorkshire County Council on avoiding infection on farm attractions: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/avoiding-infection-farm-visits
Health and Safety Executive guidance: https://www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/topics/visitor-attractions.htm
For all enquires please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01423779759.
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