01 Oct 2007 Pre-2014 Releases

• Fourth edition of the Red Book provides latest advice on industry good practice
• Free seminars to offer assistance on the implementation of the relevant requirements

The fourth edition of Health and Safety in the Racing and Breeding Industry – also known as the Red Book – has today been published by the British Horseracing Authority.

Produced and endorsed by a working group comprising a cross section of the industry, the new edition replaces previous versions and provides the latest guidance on industry good practice, with input from the Health and Safety Executive. The guidelines continue to help the Racing and Breeding Industry to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999.

Several sections of the manual have been amended, most notably that on Health and Safety Policy which now includes reference to body protectors, mobile phone use and an expanded section on substance misuse. Manual Handling, which is responsible for a third of all reported injuries, also has an extended section. Trainers and studs are encouraged to take particular notice of the changes to these areas.

Copies of the new manual will be sent free of charge to all licensed and permitted trainers and to those registered on the Thoroughbred Breeders Association database, and will also be available on request.

A series of free seminars, designed to provide practical guidance on the implementation of the relevant requirements, has been arranged and will be held around the country over the next four months under the supervision of Tony Payne, a specialist Health and Safety Consultant. The dates and locations are:

Date Venue
10 October 2007 – Wolverhampton Racecourse
7 November – Taunton Racecourse
22 November – Northern Racing College, Doncaster
5 December – Newbury Racecourse
19 December – Key Centre, Middleham
9 January 2008 – British Racing School, Newmarket
16 January – Hamilton Park Racecourse
23 January – Epsom Downs Racecourse

Places on the seminars are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and to book your seminar place, please contact British Horseracing Authority Recruitment and Training Co-ordinator Michelle Douglas on 020 7152 0019.