New British Horse Industry Health and Safety Guide Published

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has published the sixth edition of the Health and Safety in the Racing and Breeding Industry guide, commonly known as the "Red Book," the group announced Oct. 31.

The guide helps the racing and breeding Industry meet the requirements of health and safety law as well as incorporate good practice and procedures. All licensed and permitted trainers will receive a copy of the guide, as will all stud farms registered with the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA). To coincide with the publication of the new edition, the BHA has arranged a series of seminars with practical guidance on the implementation of the relevant health and safety requirements.

New to this edition:

  • The design and layout is easier to use than previous editions, with sections enabling the guide to be adapted to individual yards.
  • It contains the framework for preparing the documents required to be legally compliant with health and safety laws.
  • It outlines the new laws about the reporting of workplace accidents.

The book has been produced by the BHA, TBA, and Taylor Vinters solicitors, who have considerable experience in the racing and breeding Industry, with industry support from the National Trainers Federation (NTF), British Racing School (BRS) and Northern Racing College, National Stud, Racing Welfare, and the National Association of Stable Staff.

Michelle Douglas, industry recruitment and training associate for the BHA, said, “This new edition of the Red Book has industry-wide support and has the objective of encouraging a positive safety culture for all those working in the racing and breeding Industry. It provides information that is accurate and consistent with health and safety legislation, whilst being user-friendly and retaining its racing yard and stud focus.”

The seminars, which work in conjunction with the guide will cost £40 per person to attend and successfully completing the seminar will achieve Institution of Occupational Safety and Health-accredited certification. Seminars are being delivered by the BRS across the country on the following dates:

  • Dec. 16–The National Stud, Newmarket
  • Feb. 11, 2014–NRC, Doncaster
  • April 15, 2014–Oaksey House, Lambourn
  • June 3, 2014–BRS in Newmarket

To book a place or for further information about the seminars contact Clare Higgins at the BRS at 01638 675907 or email The full guide can be downloaded through the TBA, NTF, and BHA websites.

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