Rural Industries Section

Please see the SHP online article on the inland water hazards.

Area of interest:

The IOSH Ireland Rural industries Section encompasses agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fisheries, conservation, equine activities, rural estate management and other businesses that stem from rural Ireland.

Vision Statement

Creating a safer tomorrow, today.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a leader in the community by promoting safety, health and welfare among all those involved in rural industry. We are committed to reducing injury and fatalities in the workplace. By supporting and educating people of the hazards associated with rural industries we wish to have a positive impact on their wellbeing.


Promote health and safety to those professionals and families involved in Irish rural industry.

Increase awareness of hazards and their identification, risk assessment and control which impact upon people involved in rural industries.


Provide health & safety information and support to all interested parties.

Run educational events and information seminars frequently to raise awareness of specific industry hazards and their control.

Develop the rural industries group in Ireland so that it becomes a key source of information for safety professionals.

Influence policy makers and legislators where it affects safety in rural industry.

Collaborate with other organisations seeking to improve safety standards in rural industry.


Aine English


Aine English

Gerard Horgan

Vice Chair 

Michael Cusack


Michael Cusack is the Health & Safety Executive at Inland Fisheries Ireland. He has managed health and safety in Fisheries since 2005. He has past experience in both the public and private sector having been employed as a safety professional by Intel Ireland and Mayo County Council. Michael holds a MSc. Environmental Health and Safety Management. He is also involved in facilities management and became a Member of the Irish Property and Facilities Management Association in 2011.

Gerard Mawn


Gerard holds a diploma in health and safety management at work and is a Group Safety Manager with Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board.

He is a professional Forester with 38 years of experience in forestry and tree work operations, is a member of the Society of Irish Foresters and has held positions as instructor, assessor and verifier with the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) of Great Britain in forest and tree work skills.

Gerard’s area of experience include:

  • health and safety management in a large semi-state organisation
  • has vast experience in course development, training and standard setting for the forest and tree work industry
  • has wide experience in safety management, safety auditing, accident investigation/accident management systems and litigation/expert witness
  • the development and implementation of safety management systems across a wide range of diverse and geographical business units
  • the development of safety statements and risk assessment programme
  • experience of safety solutions in the agricultural sector
  • member of HSA region advisory committee
  • member of Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (FSPAC)
  • member of National Irish Safety Organisation -- Life member status
John McNamara

John G McNamara


John is National Health and Safety Officer with Teagasc, the state Research, Education and Training and Advisory Authority for Agriculture and Food in Ireland.

John’s areas of Expertise include:

  • holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science and a university Diploma in Safety , Health and Welfare at Work
  • has 31 years experience  in Agricultural Education, Adult Education, Specialist Advice, Research and Management, particularly related to OHS
  • is a current member of the statutory advisory committee for the agriculture sector to the Health and Safety Authority in Ireland
  • current Research projects include: management of occupational health and safety by self employed farmers; occupational health of farmers and livestock safety
  • other affiliations: associate member of National Institute of Farm Safety (USA)

Ciaran Roche


Ciaran is a risk manager with FBD Insurance and has a Degree in Agricultural Science, a Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, a Diploma in Insurance Practices and is a member of the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee to the Health and Safety Authority. He is responsible for developing FBDs risk management policies and works very closely with the company’s underwriting, claims and sales departments and clients, providing them with practical risk management and legal guidance. His other roles include surveying businesses with high or unusual risks, producing risk management literature and initiating all the company’s major health and safety campaigns.

Bob Seward


John Kennedy


What we do

The Rural Industries Section was established in April 2011. 

Branch Programme

The 2015 Ireland Branch Programme is available to download. Please note that details may be subject to change, so check back on our website for the most up-to-date information.

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