Teagasc launch ‘Pig Staff Induction Module’ – an interactive online learning tool

Pictured at the launch of the new Teagasc ‘Pig Staff Induction Module’ were: L-R Ciarán Roche FBD, Aisling Holmes Teagasc, Ciarán Carroll Teagasc, Philip O’Brien pig producer, Tomás Ryan Teagasc, Amy Quinn Teagasc, Pat Griffin HSA. Picture: O'Gorman Photography.

The Teagasc Pig Department in conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority and FBD Insurance launched their Pig Staff Induction Module, Friday, 9th June. This is the first time an online training module has been developed for the Irish pig sector that allows new and existing farm staff to undertake learning on their own farm. It allows users to interactively learn about pig production best practice and safe farming health & safety protocols.

Speaking at the launch Ciarán Carroll, Teagasc Head of Pig Advisory, said “we are very excited to respond to a need of the Irish pig sector by launching this online module. It will provide an innovative tool in an interactive format for pig producers and their new staff. We plan to add a suite of further modules to this platform in due course”.

Pat Griffin from the Health & Safety Authority, highlighted that “with so many businesses under time and staff pressures, making occupational safety & health training easy to follow and accessible is critical. This excellent online training module is simple to follow and allows new and indeed existing staff to view and refresh their training, as and when the need arises.”  

Ciarán Roche, Head of Risk FBD Insurance commented that “FBD are delighted to be involved in the development of this eLearning tool. We believe that this training will make a real difference in improving safety practices on pig farms. This eLearning tool will encourage and assist farmers and farm workers to embed best practices and safety standards and in doing so will enhance their safety and the safety of others.”

Philip O’Brien, pig producer in Mitchelstown, County Cork welcomed the launch of this module stating “This e-learning tool is much welcomed by farms to keep our existing staff safe and is a vital resource for inducting new staff”.

The module is freely available for all pig producers on the Teagasc Pig Webpage at the following link:


The Teagasc Pig Department have provided advisory, education and research support to the Irish pig sector for the last 60 years.  More innovative information e.g. infographics, educational aids and research results can be found on the Teagasc Pig Department web page: www.teagasc.ie/pigs