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Specialist Health and Safety Advice

For Equine businesses.
Farms and Agricultural businesses.
Small businesses in any sector.

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Small Business Minimum Requirements

Did you know?

As a small business there are minimum health and safety requirements.  Some examples are listed below, contact me for further information.

  • As an employer you must seek assistance from someone with the necessary, skills and knowledge to help meet your health and safety requirements.

  • You should have a health and safety policy (if you employ 5 or more workers, then these must be documented).

  • You must assess your workplace risks and provide risk assessments and control measures (if you employ 5 or more workers, then these must be documented).

  • You should consult your employees about health and safety.

  • You should provide relevant training and documentation.

  • Workplace facilities should be suitable for employees.

  • You should have arrangements in place for first aid, accidents and ill health.

  • A health and safety law poster must be clearly displayed for all employees to see.

  • Your business should be insured.


(this list is not exhaustive)


  • Full site audits including recommendations for improvement.

  • Identification of health, safety and environmental risks.

  • Creating and writing health, safety and environmental procedures

  • Risk assessments and safe systems of work.

  • Fire risk assessments and guidance on improving fire safety.

  • Health and safety training for staff.

  • Assessing public access areas to ensure suitable control measures are identified.

  • Event health and safety.

  • Ongoing monthly support for any issues that may arise.


Contact me now to discuss your requirements.

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My Story

Welcome to Take Up The Reins EHS Specialist Advice .

My name is Jane Patching and I’m a qualified Health, Safety and Environment Manager based in Lincolnshire.

I also have a strong equestrian background and enjoy competing in dressage with my horse.

I have extensive EHS experience across a variety of industries, including agriculture, waste and recycling, manufacturing, security and renewable energy.  Take Up The Reins EHS Specialist advice was created following identification of a need for straightforward, realistic health and safety advice for equine, agricultural and small businesses.

I offer a bespoke service to individual equine, agricultural and small businesses to help relieve the stress of implementing health and safety measures and remaining compliant. My aim is to provide support and guidance to allow you to “Take Up The Reins” and be comfortable knowing you have considered all the relevant health, safety and environmental requirements to keep you safe and legal.

My qualifications include:

  • NEBOSH General Certificate

  • NEBOSH Fire Certificate

  • NEBOSH Environmental Certificate 

  • Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (PTLLS)

  • Fire Marshal

  • First Aid at Work

Please contact me for an informal chat as to how I can assist you with a friendly, jargon busting, realistic approach to your health, safety and environmental requirements.


BSc Hons. NEBOSH Gen Cert. Tech IOSH

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Reducing Injuries to Farriers

Article published in Forge magazine - May 2021
How safe are farriers when working on equine premises?  What can yard owners do to help?

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Ms Jane Patching
BSc Hons, NEBOSH Gen Cert, Tech IOSH

Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK


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When opening our new yard Jane was my first call after my experiences working with her in the past, and her service has saved us time, money and stress at every turn. After a serious faller attempted to be litigious Jane went above and beyond in her support and advice, which was of course ‘you’ve got nothing to worry about because you’ve done everything right’ How did we know we’d done everything right? Because she’d done such thorough risk assessments in the first place! She makes a tough job quick and easy and she is so thorough!

Betsy Irwin, Laris Farm

I can highly recommend the service from this business….. very helpful and friendly approach to make sure we all stay safe!

Lisa Stock Equine Services 

"I engaged Take Up the Reins to do a full assessment of the health and safety aspects of my livery yard prior to opening. Communication was excellent, with a visit booked quickly to survey the site. The digital report followed promptly and covers a wide range of areas from security to chemical storage in a well presented, easy to read format. They were also happy to answer my follow up questions. I would highly recommend using Take Up the Reins for their professional and knowledgeable service."

Calke Abbey Racing Stables

"I am now fully Health and Safety assessed! Huge thanks to

Take Up the Reins for assessing both my businesses for me in such a professional and friendly way! I’m looking for to working with you in the future."

Jade Greenfield

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