The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

LAA launches new safety initiative MartSafe for members

22nd November 2021

The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) has launched MartSafe, a new initiative providing practical advice, guidance and training on health and safety for auctioneers and livestock auction market personnel across England and Wales, in collaboration with professional health and safety consultants, Safety Sanctuary Limited.

The initiative focuses across four key areas; safe people, safe vehicles, safe places, safe handling, using the #HammerItHome hashtag to raise awareness throughout the industry on social media.

Accessed via a Members Area of the LAA website, the MartSafe guidance includes a Health & Safety Guide for Livestock Auction Markets in England and Wales, as well as checklists, templates and model policies, including social media resources to encourage safer thinking throughout the industry.

Discussing the launch of MartSafe, LAA Development Officer Zanna Dennis explains, “The LAA works to ensure that Livestock Auction Markets throughout England and Wales are working to the highest standards of health and safety and animal welfare, and complete and accurate traceability.

“Identifying and recognising the challenges met by those operating markets, we have created MartSafe to provide LAA members with practical advice and guidance, to ensure every market is kept safe, including staff and those visiting and using livestock markets.

“We hope this initiative will not only provide practical advice and guidance to ensure every market is a safe place of work but will also highlight everyone’s responsibility to act and operate safely in the market environment by raising awareness on social media via the hashtag #HammerItHome.”

As part of the initiative, member markets will have access to a free advisory service with professional health and safety consultants, Safety Sanctuary Limited, offering professional advice on health and safety matters across the whole of their businesses.

Following the success of the Safe Hands Master Drover Programme in 2017, and in addition to the MartSafe guidance, the LAA is also launching the MartSafe Training Programme for members

Designed for all staff in the Livestock Auction Market, from auctioneers to drovers, fieldsmen to administrators, the programme will address the key requirements and responsibilities within Livestock Auction Markets, providing specialist advice, information and training on best practice through engaging and interactive exercises, practical tasks and relevant videos, delivered by an experienced LAA Trainer.

Further information on MartSafe and the MartSafe Training Programme can be found here.